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“Gallery 3o1o”

SFEIR-SEMLER GALLERY, Beirut

Robert Barry, 1:4:1, 1968.
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“Gallery 3010,” which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Sfeir-Semler Gallery and the 10th anniversary of its Beirut branch, asks what it means to exhibit objects and ideas in a gallery environment, and interrogates the relationship between the gallery and its context. Bringing together artists from different generations, contexts, and sensibilities,... continue reading
View of “Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?,” Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, 2014.
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“Who Shall Deliver Us From the Greeks and Romans?”—an exhibition curated by Cristiana Perrella for Galeri Manâ—directly addresses a recent trend in contemporary art of looking back towards classical Greek and Roman visual culture for sources and inspiration. The presentation includes works from a range of artists from different backgrounds—such... continue reading
View of “Burn These Eyes Captain, and Throw Them in the Sea!!,” Rodeo, Istanbul, 2014.
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As one wanders through the rooms of Rodeo’s apartment-cum-gallery space, works by eleven artists loosely connected by a low-key aesthetic make a timely statement on the condition of materiality now. Familiar media—a 16mm film, 35mm slides, paintings—are reinvented and intermixed with works fashioned from objects found in the domestic domain,... continue reading
Sarkis’s “İkiz/Twin”

GALERI MANA, Istanbul

View of Sarkis’s “İkiz/Twin,” Galeri Manâ, Istanbul, 2013.
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In Karaköy, Istanbul, down the hill from the ongoing peaceful protests near Taksim Square, Galeri Manâ has been open only intermittently for the last three weeks. Yet the elegant exhibition on view there since late May serves as a moment of silence (contrasted to the immediate surroundings) and as a... continue reading
Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Murder in Three Acts, Episode 1: Bloody Art Fair, 2012–2013.
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Outside it’s like any other apartment building; inside hides a cinema. NON, located in a grand building on the bustling Istiklal Avenue, has been transformed into a multiplex cinema with three delectable episodes of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s Murder in Three Acts (2012–2013) on view. Murder, yes, “crime scene investigations” (CSI), yes,... continue reading
View of  Füsun Onur, “Variations,” Maçka Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul.
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Füsun Onur (born 1938) is an artist whose practice is defined by the persistent use of modest materials. While her work recently met with a greater audience this summer at Documenta 13, in the local Istanbul context she has been showing with Maçka Sanat Galerisi since 1987. Her fifth solo... continue reading

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