Contemporary Istanbul hosts a reception at New Museum in New York

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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On May 18 Contemporary Istanbul will host an event at New York’s New Museum as part of its 10th year celebrations. The New Museum is a staple in New York’s contemporary art scene, located in a groundbreaking building in New York’s Nolita district on Bowery. The reception which will be organized on May 18 as part of the New Museum Triennial will be gathering many collectors, art professionals and Turkish artists.

The main supporter of the event is Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event will be held in the Sky Room of New Museum. The New Museum’s Triennial, which runs through May 24th is, and has been since 2009, an insightful look at promising emerging artists chosen as the best representation of ‘the now’ —the exhibition title this year, “Surround Audience.”

Turkish contemporary artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu, one of fifty-one artists exhibiting at this year’s Triennial will discuss her work as well as her practice, including Long Ago Person Found (2015), which is on display at the exhibition.

Prominent collectors, curators and gallerists as well as important art world players will attend the talk, and will be welcomed by Contemporary Istanbul. Contemporary Istanbul’s Chairman Ali Güreli will also address attendees during the event. Güreli will focus on contemporary Istanbul's status as a global brand in the arts, and will speak further about the relationship between art and city, including the where and how they will be in the future.

A signature initiative of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world.

The Triennial’s predictive, rather than retrospective; model embodies the institution’s thirty-seven-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. This third iteration of the Triennial is titled “Surround Audience” and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin.

Founded in 1977, the New Museum aims to discover new and fresh art---an approach shared by CI.

The reception will be organized with the support of Leyla Alaton, who is the member of International Leadership Council Members.

Turkish collector Ahmet Kocabıyık is among the supporters of New Museum Triennial.

The Contemporary Istanbul celebrates 10th year

The 10th edition of Contemporary Istanbul will take place between November 12-15, 2015. In anticipation of this very special milestone, CI has gathered professionals and opinion leaders to join its Selection Committee. The committee includes collector Nathalie Mamane Cohen, curator and collector Freda Rozenbaum-Uziyel, gallery owner Kerimcan Güleryüz, and Contemporary Istanbul’s Artistic Director and pre-eminent international curator, art critic, and art historian Marc-Olivier Wahler. Currently, Wahler is the founder and director of Chalet Society, Paris, an exhibition space that goes beyond the white box and delves into ideas, education, creation, and collection all in a community space, a thought process that will surely spill into CI's upcoming edition. The committee recently met in Brussels to evaluate a total of 189 art galleries from 32 cities – excluding Istanbul-based galleries- that have applied to take place in the 10th edition of CI.

Last year, as a result of its diverse collector base, CI was ranked by Skate’s Art Market Research in New York as the second most attended contemporary art fair in the frontier markets. According to Artnews’ article, the fair is the fifth most visited art fair in the world. While ARCO Madrid came out on top, it is followed by the Armory Show in New York, Art Basel Miami Beach, FIAC, and Art Basel. Heralded as “an essential resource for any art collector, art investor, or art market professional,” the Skate report reflects the fair’s general review on a yearly basis.

In 2014, 80,000 visitors attended the fair 108 galleries from 23 countries were present at the fair, and the visiting museum groups included the Members of Royal Academy of Arts, the Palais de Tokyo, the Albertina Museum, Delfina Foundation, the Guggenheim Circle Venice, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Sotheby’s Preferred.


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