Taner Ceylan, 1997-2009

One of Turkey's most prominent artists, Taner Ceylan makes hyperrealist paintings that bespeak absolute technical mastery and precision, but which are also freighted with an emotional and sexual dimension usually absent from the genre--qualities that have set him apart from the prevailing tendencies in contemporary Turkish art, and which at times have also brought him outright abuse in the press. Ceylan's paintings occupy a register somewhere...

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Living Inside The Grid

A grid is an abstract, simple mathematical structure ordered by ninety-degree angles and regularly spaced columns and rows. A grid is also the cities we live and work in, the buildings that tower over us, the electricity and fiber-optic networks that sustain our energy and information needs. We do, as the title of this thematic catalogue suggests, "live inside the grid." The pervasive grid-based visual and information systems that have come to...

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Dancing at the Louvre

No matter how society conspires to usher certain groups toward its dimly lit margins, some folks always work their way back to the center waving and shouting. Faith Ringgold redefines the solemn artistic canon represented by Van Gogh, Matisse, and Monet with her intricate, glorious story quilts. Their fabric and paint layers combine magical realism with politics, feminism, satire, memoir and the weight of African American history. Dancing at...

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Mike Nelson

The British Council is delighted to present I, Impostor, a new work by Mike Nelson conceived and created for the British Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia. The British Council is publishing a fully illustrated book to commemorate Mike Nelson's exhibition, which includes newly commissioned texts by Dan Cameron and Rachel Withers, and colour plates of the new work in progress.

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Tony Bevan

Tony Bevan (b.1951) is a British painter whose work has achieved widespread international recognition and acclaim. His work has always followed a distinctly individual course, arresting and disturbing its viewers with its rawness and sense of alienation. His use of charcoal and intensely chromatic acrylic paint gives his painting a distinctively rich, scorched appearance. This is the first major monograph to be published in English on Bevan's...

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