Sunday, November 26, 2006

Ankara Artforum

While in Ankara I went to a commercial art fair where galleries from the big Turkish cities showed work for sale. Very conservative: almost all painting, a few photos, prints, and small sculpture, no drawings or mixed media or digital stuff. Turkish painters are a serious bunch–there’s not much irony, sex or pop influence in their work, as there is in American contemporary art. I’ve been to several art fairs in LA and NYC, and your head just aches after plowing through aisle after aisle of amazing but pretty radical work. At least there is an art market here, and design and home magazines do show Turkish painters in glossy layouts.

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