September 13, 2011

Bullish on Istanbul: Art Beat Director Arhan Kayar on the Turkish City's New Upstart Fair



This week the opening of the Istanbul Biennial will once again put the city's art scene in the international spotlight. Besides the main exhibition — curated by Jens Hoffman and Adriano Pedrosa — every single art space in town is readying itself to welcome the art world about to descend en masse. Kutluğ Ataman is at Arter, Sarah Morris at Dirimart, and both SALT and Istanbul Museum of Modern Art are holding ambitious group shows. Still, there is a big absence: the Turkish capital's main art fair, Istanbul Contemporary, won't open until next November.

Art Beat Istanbul, September 14-18, seized this unmissable opportunity to help local galleries benefit from Istanbul's visibility this September. The first edition, which opens on Wednesday, gathers 28 mostly Istanbul-based galleries at the Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Exhibition Center. Art Beat Istanbul's director Arhan Kayar talked to ARTINFO UK about the local art market, the role of private patrons in the Turkish art scene, and the international ambitions of his fledgling art fair.

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