“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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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