Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce representation of renowned artist, Taner Ceylan, who is known for his provocative, hyperrealist paintings.
Fall 2013, the Gallery will present an exhibition of Ceylan’s Lost Painting Series, a body of work inspired by the Orientalist Western look towards the East. Paul Kasmin Gallery will present new work from the Lost Paintings Series, entitled Esma Sultan, at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Stand A7. Ceylan’s painting, depicting an Ottoman Princess who was known to be an ardent woman with the most cruel disposition, draws on this empowering depiction of a passionate, ruthless and sexually & otherwise assertive woman. Putting feminine agency and transgression at the heart of history, Ceylan, therefore, interrogates the invisibility of women in traditional, male-dominated historical narratives.
Curator Dan Cameron, who has championed the painter, orients him in a tradition of sexually explicit art stemming from Robert Mapplethorpe to Jeff Koons. Cameron says, “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 between the mutely homoerotic (as in his portrait of a bloodied and perspiring boxer–possibly an allegory of the artist’s own trials) and the overtly sexual (to enter his website “you must be at least 18 years of age” ). Cameron points out that the implicit argument of Celyan’s work is “a romantic arguing for the wholesomeness of gay male sexuality.” (Exerpted from We Don’t Know Who We Are in Taner Ceylan: 1997-2009. Damiani, Italy, 2011)
Ceylan began his career with his first exhibition in 1991 in a group show and his first solo exhibition in 1991 in Nurnberg, Germany. His great performance and exhibition ‘Monte Carlo Style’ in 1995 made a significant impact on the Turkish art scene. He worked for the Fine Arts Faculty of Yeditepe University between 2001-2003 as a lecturer and worked as an Editor in Chief of arts of Time Out Istanbul Magazine between 2001-2006. Ceylan participated in the 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003), 9th International Istanbul Biennieal (2005), “Postcards From CAC” at Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2009), “Naked”, Paul Kasmin Gallery (2009), Istanbul Next Wawe, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2010) and Istanbul Modern in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011). His work is included in private and museum collections including Sveaas Art Collection and Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
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