Contemporary Art from Turkey

  1. Edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi
  2. Executive editor Maryam Eisler
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  • ISBN 9780500977026
  • 29.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 328pp
  • 950 Illustrations, 950 in colour
  • First published 2010

Turkey, the bridge between continents, the meeting point of East and West, has witnessed many golden ages of art throughout the centuries. Today it is once again home to an extraordinarily vibrant contemporary art scene.

See the April 2010 article 'Turkish art is on the up' in Telegraph.co.uk

Internationally recognized artists such as Kutluğ Ataman and Hussein Chalayan are relentlessly pushing boundaries while others such as Hale Tenger, Taner Ceylan, İrfan Önürmen, Banu Cennetoğlu, Ahmet Öğüt, Canan Tolon, Ömer Ali Kazma, Haluk Akakçe and Ramazan Bayrakoğlu are producing works of breathtaking beauty, political edge and great conceptual depth. Yet these represent only the tip of the iceberg.

Following in the wake of groundbreaking books on contemporary art in Iran and the Arab world, Unleashed presents a near-exhaustive selection of the most exciting and challenging contemporary art from Turkey, including the work of both established artists such as Sarkis and Gülsün Karamustafa and up-and-coming artists.

Featuring over 950 high-quality illustrations, as well as insightful interviews, in-depth profiles of over 100 artists, and four thought-provoking essays by leading scholars and curators, Unleashed is the essential guide to one of the art world’s most promising and rewarding scenes.

Hossein Amirsadeghi is a writer, publisher, editor and documentary filmmaker. He has been responsible for many books on Middle Eastern and Iranian culture, including the recent Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art and New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century.

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