Cultural Affairs
Covering the crossroads of culture and culture

CULTURAL AFFAIRS: Covering the crossroads of culture and culture

Enthusiasm Trumps Mixed Sales At Contemporary Istanbul

“I love this fair,” said dealer Mark Hachem on opening night of Contemporary Istanbul, this year in its ninth edition.  It was a sentiment echoed by dealers and guests throughout the long weekend of the fair (which ran from November 12-16th). Even gallerists who fared less well had great things to say about this, the main Istanbul art fair, praising the diversity of material on view, the enthusiasm of visitors,  and the “hidden treasures” to be found here.

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Contemporary Istanbul Shines In Its Best Year Yet

Gulay Semercioglu at Pi Artworks

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ISIS Raising Funds From Archeological Treasures

This latest from CNN (with must-see video) shows just how conniving – and how frighteningly successful ISIS (or IS) has become: Continue Reading

Art International In Istanbul Closes With Mixed Reviews

Crowds converge on the Carlos Aires installation at ADN during Art International. Photo Peter Madden

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Highlights From Istanbul’s Art International Fair

A somewhat mediocre Art International Fair closed out its second edition in Istanbul on Sunday to  mixed — though largely  positive — reviews from galleries and attendees alike.  Produced by Sandy Angus (creator of Art HK)), Art International boasted 76 exhibitors this year,  up from 62 in 2013 .  An extended review will follow, but for now, a few highlights

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Miraculous Pictures: Mark Rothko At the Hague Gemeentemuseum

photo Peter Madden

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ISIS Destroys A Future For The Arts (And Humanity)

A "Wish Tree" burns in Gezi Park, destroyed by Turkish police, in Istanbul 2013

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Collector Bert Kreuk vs Danh Vo: The Battle Continues

Following my previous posting on the case before the Dutch courts between collector Bert Kreuk and Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo, I received a statement from the artist, sent on his behalf by his New  York dealer, Marian Goodman.

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On Art Markets, Art Collecting, And “Flipping”: Bert Kreuk Responds

Bert Kreuk

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The Big, Shiny Flop of Jeff Koons At The Whitney

Jeff Koons, One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series), 1985. Collection of B. Z. and Michael Schwartz. ©Jeff Koons.

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