Loud And In Your Face: Contemporary Art

ONE OF ISTANBUL’S NEW VENUES WHERE CONTEMPORARY ART SPEAKS LOUDLY, ARTER IS STOPPING PASSERSBY IN THEIR TRACKS WITH ITS SECOND EXHIBITION, TITLED ”SECOND EXHIBITION”.

Curated by Emre Baykal, the show features more than 30 works by 20 artists, all but three of them new. Those three are Halil Altındere’s Portrait of a Dealer, Ahmet Öğüt’s Black Diamond and Vahap Afşar’s Last Drop.

The show doffs its hat to visitors with Ayşe Erkmen’s K,J & H’ The story of these hats that are stealing the hearts of passersby began when Erkmen learned that the building that houses Arter was a hat shop from 1914 to 1920 and recalled her grandmother Hermine Hanım’s hat from the 1920’s. She gave the long-retired hat to Katya Kıracı, a maker of hand-made hats in a small shop in the Hacopulos Arcade, who produced dozens of exact replicas, in every color of the rainbow…

33,000 GAME OF CHANCE COUPONS
.-_-. is an artist whose name is written not with letters but with punctuation marks. For his work, entitled Pure Luck, he invested in precisely 33,000 game of chance coupons. The total prize will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

FIND THE FRAGMENT, GET THE DIAMOND!
Ahmet Öğut’s project, Black Diamond includes the viewer in it. This is how it works: There are 10 tons of coal in a glassed-in area. Amidst the coal is a tiny fragment of plaster chipped off of Arter’s walls.

A one-carat diamond was placed in the aperture in the wall. By making an appointment and donning a pair of overalls, visitors can search for that tiny wall fragment. Whoever finds it will get the diamond! And according to the latest report, the fragment was found by two university students. Whew!

Shopping Time!
COMING SOON: 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS OF SHOPPING. THE ISTANBUL SHOPPING FEST START MARCH 18th.
The Istanbul Shopping Fest, to be held March 18 - April 26, is getting ready to welcome hundreds of shopaholicsping addicts at 94 shopping centers around a city. Venues for the fest include Istanbul’s centers of attraction like the Taksim, Nişantaşı, Şişli, Bakırköy and Fatih districts, as well as Bahariye and the Bağdat Caddesi area on the Asian side.

All these shopping centers will be open every day to 11 p.m., and two “emergency” shopping centers will be open one night a week until 2 a.m. for the duration of the festival.  Every day for the entire forty days one lucky person will win a car and hundreds of other surprise gifts will find recipients.

Besides the opening and closing activities, many other events will take place at stores and shopping centers during the festival, which will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to Istanbul for 40 days and 40 nights and turn the city into an entertainment center.

A REAL FEST
Street festivals, concerts, shows, parties, contests and fashion shows are just some of the exciting activities that are aimed to make the Istanbul Shopping Fest an annual affair and Istanbul the shopping capital of the world.

DISCOUNTS UP TO 30 PERCENT
During the festival, which aims to put Istanbul at the top of the list of cities chosen by tourists from Russia, Iran, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Rumania, Syria and Iraq, visitors will enjoy discounts of up to thirty percent in a period outside the usual Istanbul sale season.