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Unleashed
Contemporary Art from Turkey
Garanti Bank Edition

Editor: Hossein Amirsadeghi
Executive editor: Maryam Homayoun Eisler
Essays: Ali Akay, Ahu Antmen, Emre Baykal, Irit Rogoff
Hardback, 29 x 25 cm, 328 pp.
950 colour illustrations

Turkey, the bridge between continents, has witnessed many golden ages of art throughout the centuries, and today it is once again home to an extraordinarily vibrant contemporary art scene. Internationally recognized artists such as Kutluğ Ataman are relentlessly pushing boundaries while others such as Gülsün Karamustafa, 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 and great conceptual depth. Yet these represent only the tip of the iceberg.

Following in the wake of the groundbreaking books Different Sames (which looks at Iranian contemporary art) and New Vision (on contemporary art in the Arab world), Unleashed presents the hottest, most exciting and challenging contemporary art from Turkey, accompanied as ever by a mixture of stunning illustrations, insightful interviews, in-depth artist profiles and thought-provoking essays by leading scholars all, of course, produced to TG’s usual high standards.

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, New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. He is currently working on several new titles, including one on art and patronage in the present-day Near and Middle East, and another on contemporary Istanbul.

Ali Akay is Professor and Head of the Sociology Department at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University, as well as Visiting Professor at Humboldt University (Berlin), the University of Paris VIII and İNHA, also in Paris. He is a prolific author, writing widely on various aspects of Turkish contemporary art, and also a highly regarded curator, frequently organizing exhibitions for the Akbank Sanat, Istanbul.

Ahu Antmen is a lecturer, art critic and writer. She lectures on 20th Century and Contemporary Art at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. Dr. Antmen’s recent work published in Turkey include Trends in 20th Century Western Art, Art History and Feminist Criticism and monographs on Turkish artists Ali Teoman Germaner and Hale Tenger. She writes regularly for Radikal daily.

Emre Baykal is a curator based in Istanbul. He has been Director of the Istanbul Biennial and Director of Exhibitions at santralistanbul, where he organized the show ‘Modern and Beyond’, covering Turkish art from 1950 to 2000. Among his other projects is the 24th Istanbul Contemporary Artists Exhibition. He is also the author of a book on Kutluğ Ataman, You Tell Me About Yourself Anyway.

Maryam Homayoun Eisler holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University. Currently co-chair of the Tate Middle East North Africa Acquisition Committee, Eisler was the curatorial director for Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art. She is currently working on a book on art and patronage in the present-day Near and Middle East.

Irit Rogoff is Professor of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, Rogoff has written widely on contemporary art and critical theory with particular reference to issues of colonialism and cultural difference. Her books include Terra Infirma: Geography’s Visual Culture (2000), and she is a director of an international AHRB research project Translating the Image: Cross-Cultural Contemporary Arts.

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