Stifling the subversive street art of Banksy

‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition at Global Karaköy takes the artist’s work out of context and packages it for consumers

By Emma Harper | February 11, 2016

A tube train approaches a station, tracks rattling noisily, the blinking headlamps blinding and the heavy metal carriages sending tremors through surrounding structures and human bodies alike. The experience of standing in a station as a train pulls in, an elemental aspect of city living, is difficult to duplicate. Just...
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Applications open for 2016 Moon and Stars Project grants

By The Cornucopia Blog | December 16, 2015

Artists, it’s time to flex your proposal-writing skills – applications for the Moon and Stars Project winter grants are due on January 31. Founded by the American Turkish Society in 2002, the Moon and Stars Project highlights and supports the best of Turkish arts and culture in the United States,...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts

Expansions in Black

From The Paper Diaries 2015, by Deborah Wargon

By Malika Browne | November 25, 2015

A work by Deborah Wargon at her recent Istanbul exhibition. Photograph: Monica Fritz In a house in Balat on a quiet street just past St Mary of the Mongols, a fish is pinned to the wall above a bed. ‘My friend, the owner of this house, tells me this house...
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An afternoon lost in art…

Contemporary Istanbul 2015 in review

By Emma Harper | November 15, 2015

Disturbing headlines have dominated the news this past week, and my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been full of sorrow, anger and hopelessness. It can feel like too much hurt, too much grief; just too much. Yet I found some sort of relief, like so many do, in art. Visiting...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Contemporary Istanbul rolls into town

By Emma Harper | November 10, 2015

Each November in Istanbul there is a flurry of action in anticipation of Contemporary Istanbul, the region’s premier art fair. Galleries ready themselves for one of the biggest events on the Istanbul art scene, and the public eagerly anticipates opening day, when they can wander through some of the best...
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Hussein Chalayan’s foray into dance with ‘Gravity Fatigue’

By The Cornucopia Blog | October 20, 2015

A highlight of autumn entertainment in London is Hussein Chalayan’s dance production Gravity Fatigue at Sadler’s Wells. Fashion designer, filmmaker, artist and now choreographer, Chalayan is a man from whom creativity constantly flows. Born in Cyprus, he went to Central Saint Martins school of art in London and was honoured...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design

Biennial 2015 highlights: Istanbul Modern and ARTER

By Emma Harper | October 6, 2015

Given the inextricable link between Istanbul and the Bosphorus, as well as the seas that lie on either side of the enduring strait, the theme of this year’s Biennial – ‘Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms’ – seems especially apt. Salt water and the contrasting image-forms of knots and waves...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

ArtInternational 2015 in review

By Emma Harper | September 10, 2015

In my experience, modern art fairs are a mixed bag: there is everything from exceptional, cutting-edge artwork to overwrought, reductionist drivel. Both big names and relative unknowns are on display. Unlike exhibitions, which have a particular perspective and focus, art fairs often bring together under one roof galleries from many...
Posted in Contemporary Art

Turkey gets Aussie-fied

By Victoria Khroundina | August 31, 2015

From next month until December, events continue as part of the ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’ festival. The biggest celebration of Australian culture in Turkey to date, it aims to enhance social and cultural understanding between the two countries. That it’s being celebrated in the same year as the centenary of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Modern Art, Music and Performing Arts, News

How to navigate this year’s massive Istanbul Biennial

By Victoria Khroundina | August 25, 2015

It’s almost time for another edition of the Istanbul Biennial – and the 14th instalment promises to be bigger, bolder and braver than ever. There will be works by 80 artists, hailing from every continent, displayed in over 30 venues on both the European and Anatolian sides of the city....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

The drawing on the wall

By Victoria Khroundina | August 4, 2015

Street art is gaining popularity in Turkey, with the Pera Museum even staging its first-ever graffiti and street-art exhibition last autumn. But the best place to see street art in the city is undoubtedly Kadıköy, where Istanbul’s most laidback and progressive municipality is beautifying its neighbourhood with massive, bold murals,...
Posted in Contemporary Art

A painterly tribute to Gezi

By Victoria Khroundina | July 28, 2015

On display until the end of summer is a 50-square metre painting paying tribute to the Gezi protests. It was on display on the terrace of the Istanbul Chamber of Architects in Karaköy until the end of June and will be shown in Kadıköy throughout August (watch this space for an update of the location)....
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, News, Gezi Protests

Hot weather, cool art

Where to see contemporary art shows in Istanbul this summer

By Victoria Khroundina | July 7, 2015

Our round-up of contemporary art shows open this summer, by neighbourhood. Magnum – Contact Sheets Karaköy/Tophane A few things of interest at Istanbul Modern, starting with the excellent Mehmet Güleryüz retrospective Painter and Painting (main image), which has been extended until July 26. Meanwhile, in the Photography Gallery, the Magnum...
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Istanbul’s art scene: a work in progress

By Victoria Khroundina | July 3, 2015

Earlier this year Kerimcan Güleryüz moved his gallery, The Empire Project, from its Sıraselviler Caddesi location in Taksim further down the road to Cihangir. The new gallery looked great when I visited, but I liked the Taksim space – in a beautiful, crumbling 19th-century building – just as much. When...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Museums, Photography

Gallery walkabout: Beyoğlu

The final stroll

By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | June 23, 2015

For our last gallery walk of the season, we visit some scintillating shows in young and veteran galleries and museums in the heart of the European city, Beyoğlu. Although many galleries are closing for the summer, quite a few will remain open, offering a wide range of exhibitions and events...
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This social commentary will have you in stitches

‘Grayson Perry: Small Differences’ at the Pera Museum

By Victoria Khroundina | June 18, 2015

Bravo, Pera Museum. An exhibition of the powerhouse contemporary artist and 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry in Turkey is long overdue. But Perry fans, the wait is over. The Pera Museum has staged a thoughtful, eclectic and thoroughly fun exhibition that is a pleasure for contemporary art junkies and...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Museums

Young architects wow Istanbullus and visitors with a new installation

‘All That is Solid’ opens at the Istanbul Modern courtyard

By Victoria Khroundina | June 12, 2015

Earlier this week, Istanbul Modern’s Young Architects Programme (YAP) unveiled an incredible new work by its 2014–15 finalists. The setting up of the temporary structure ‘All That is Solid’ was finished on Wednesday – and it was worth the wait. The installation is wonderfully bright, colourful, majestic, a delight for...
Posted in Architecture, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art, Museums, News

Gallery walkabout: Karaköy to Galatasaray


Over the next few weeks, as we round off our gallery walks before the summer break, we take you on a number of walks in the art hubs of Karaköy, Tophane and Beyoğlu. This week, we have two new additions and a concentration of exhibitions showing photography as well as...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art

News for arts practitioners

Open call for American Turkish Society grants


The American Turkish Society (ATS) is now accepting submissions for two excellent funding opportunities/awards for artists/those working in the arts. Young photographers can apply for the 2015 Young Photographers Award before the end of this month. The Award has been given annually since 2010 by Haluk Soykan, who funds the...
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Gallery walkabout: Nişantaşı

Flora and fauna


We are in fashionable Nişantaşı for a gallery walk spanning mostly solo shows, with a concentration on works concerned with nature, animals and – more unusually – mathematics. This will be the last show for most galleries before they shut up shop for the summer. Duygu Süzen, ‘There and back’,...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Modern Art
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