Thursday, April 1, 2010

city of culture

Our fair city of Istanbul just so happens to be the 2010 European Capital of Culture. Each year, the European Union designates one city as its cultural capital, promoting the arts and aiding in the preservation of the city's cultural heritage. So what does this mean for you and me? I'm still not quite sure, but I have noticed some exhibitions going on— some of them are really cool.
Here are some closeups of pieces that I particularly admired:

Czech artist Lubos Plny, at the Institut Français d'Istanbul on Istiklal Caddesi.
Swiss artists Alex and Felix, at CDA Projects, Mısr Apartmanı on Istiklal Caddesi.

Turkish artist Gülin Hayat Topdemir, at Casa Dell'Arte, Mısr Apartmanı on Istiklal Caddesi.

I love seeing the work of other artists— it's inspiring to know what's out there.
I wish I had discovered these galleries earlier, so I could have shared them with you. I'm especially taken by Lubos Plny's work— the detail, lines and colours make me weak in the knees! Plus, I'm really into anatomical drawings, and I love his blending and layering of anatomy and schematic-style drawing. Hurry up and catch these shows before they end next week!

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