September 23, 2011

Istanbul Rising

Istanbul's art scene is mushrooming, aided by the recent openings of nonprofit art spaces like Garanti Bank's Salt, Vehbi Koç Foundation's Arter-Space for Art and Borusan Holding's ArtCenter Istanbul. Their arrival may give a boost to a longtime also-ran in the art-biennial pack—the Istanbul Biennial, an exhibition of contemporary art that opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 13 at the Antrepo warehouses. 

Biennials typically serve as breakout moments for hot young artists, but biennial co-curator Adriano Pedrosa and collaborator Jens Hoffman said they scoured for older, overlooked artists whose works may still feel revelatory. Case in point: Teresa Burga, a Peruvian artist who compiled a self-portrait from drawings and a sheaf of medical records. 

Much of the art is bundled into five group shows; each takes its theme from a work of art created by Félix González-Torres, a Cuban sculptor known for using everyday items like candies and light bulbs to confront personal and societal woes like AIDS. 

Read more on The Wall Street Journal: Istanbul Rising

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