TODAY’S – Contemporary Istanbul to host 650 artists in ninth edition

Contemporary Istanbul to host 650 artists in ninth edition Contemporary Istanbulandrsquos (CI) international art fair will feature 650 artists and 3,000 works by 95 art galleries from 22 countries in its 2014 edition in autumn, according to a press release from the organizers.The annual fair will celebrate its ninth year from Nov.

13-16 at Lutfi KIrdar Convention and Exhibition Center and the Istanbul Congress Center, aiming to attract 75,000 visitors.China will be the fairandrsquos guest country as it will be the focus of this yearandrsquos New Horizons section to be curated by Prof.

Peng Feng, one of Chinaandrsquos most prolific and eminent curators. Galleries, artists, curators and publications as well as art collectors from China will be featured in the section.

An exhibition on Chinese video art titled andldquoNow You Seeandrdquo will be one of the special activities of New Horizons.The fair will present a new section titled andldquoCI Editionsandrdquo as a production, distribution and communication initiative where art forms and conceptual dimensions will be featured.

Limited art works will be offered in this section, with the aim of reaching a wider audience.Plugin, the new media section of the fair, will display the best of digital art and design in an area of 1,000 square meters next to the main exhibition space.

In addition to video art, sound and light installations, interactive and generative designs, indoor mapping projects and designs will be presented in the section.The conference program of the fair, CI Dialogues, will bring together leading experts on the field of contemporary art.

The theme of the program will be andldquoThe Other Art. Alternatives.

Choices. Options,andrdquo while the future of collecting art and the power of non-profit organizations will be among the topics being discussed.

The director of the fair, Dr Marcus Graf, will present two curatorial exhibitions: andldquoCI Unstagedandrdquo and andldquoCI 90 Minute Shows.andrdquo In the first show, Turkish and Chinese performance artists will stage their shows in different areas of the fair, whereas the focus of the second show will be solo exhibits of different artists that will be put up for 90 minutes on a 50-square-meter area, and then replaced by another solo show.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman