Articles by Elizabeth Wolfson

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The Storyteller: An Interview with Hera Buyuktasciyan

The Storyteller: An Interview with Hera Buyuktasciyan

Istanbul-based artist Hera Buyuktasciyan’s projects draw on the stories people tell–some tragic, others triumphant–about family, community, and their relation to individual self-worth.

Ha Za Vu Zu, disco ball

The Power of Simple: An Interivew with Ha Za Vu Zu

The Power of Simple: An Interivew with Ha Za Vu Zu

Elizabeth Wolfson talks to Ha Za Vu Zu, an artist collective whose performances play on the thin boundary between performer and audience.

George Legendre and Serkan Ozkaya, "Dried Agnollotto" from "One and Three Pasta." Photo by Serkan Ozkaya. Courtesy of the artist.

Double Or Nothing: An Interview with Serkan Ozkaya

Double Or Nothing: An Interview with Serkan Ozkaya

What do Michelangelo’s “David” and a piece of fusilli pasta have in common? Read Elizabeth Wolfson’s interview with Turksih artist Serkan Ozkaya to find out.

Ali Taptik, " 'Mesire' " (Triptych), 2012 courtesy of the artist and The Empire Project

Writing about Art and the Nation: Turkish and Other… Whaaa?

Writing about Art and the Nation: Turkish and Other… Whaaa?

During her guest blog run, Elizabeth Wolfson will explore how we use national identity markers in thinking about artistic production in Turkey as well as more generally.

Cengiz Tekin, "Enentegre," C-print, 2007. Courtesy of the artist and Outlet-Istanbul.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Cengiz Tekin

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Cengiz Tekin

If Şener Özmen (the subject of last month’s Turkish and Other Delights post) is the godfather of Diyarbakır’s contemporary art community, then his long-time collaborateur, artist Cengiz Tekin, is its …

Sener Ozmen

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Şener Özmen

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Şener Özmen

While preparing to travel to Diyarbakır, the largest city in southeastern Turkey, I discovered that telling Turkish people who live outside of that region that you’re going to visit Diyarbakır …

Asli Cavusoglu, A Few Hours After the Revolution

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Aslı Çavuşoğlu

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Aslı Çavuşoğlu

A small black and white newspaper photograph hangs on the wall of Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s studio, located in an old warehouse in Istanbul’s Karaköy district. The photograph is crowd shot, taken …

Street view of PiST///. Courtesy PiST///.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

  PiST///Interdisciplinary Art Space is storefront gallery space and artist project co-directed by artists Didem Özbek and Osman Bozkurt. Opened in 2006, PiST/// is located in Istanbul’s Pangaltı neighborhood, a …

Photo by Nursel Kaymaz.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Burak Arıkan

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | Burak Arıkan

Burak Arıkan is a busy guy. When we met in Istanbul two months ago to discuss his work, he had recently returned to the city from a net art conference …

Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş, "Beni Çok İyi Tanıyor... / She Knows Me Very Well...," ink on paper. 2011.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş

In talking to dozens of artists, curators, and critics over the past few months, over and over I have heard the same term used by those located within the community …

Brandon Anschultz in his studio in St. Louis, Missouri

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Brandon Anschultz

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Brandon Anschultz

Full disclosure: I have spent many happy hours in Brandon Anschultz‘s studio, located near Lafayette Square in St. Louis, MO, drinking wine, laughing hysterically at his sharp wit, and admiring …

biriken (left: Melis Tezkan, right: Okan Urun). Photo by Beatriz Toledo. Courtesy of biriken.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | biriken

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | biriken

biriken is the five year old interdisciplinary, collaborative project of Melis Tezkan and Okan Urun. Working at the intersection of performance art, installation art, and traditional theater practice, Tezkan and …

Arnold Newman, "Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz," Silver print photograph, 1944.

Flash Points

Flash Points: Intimacy and Art

Flash Points

Flash Points: Intimacy and Art

If deprived of intimacy—without the closeness of another human’s body and touch—a human child has little chance of survival past infancy. In societies where the majority of people have all …

Photo courtesy of Vasif Kortun.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part II)

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part II)

Following is the second half an interview Elizabeth Wolfson conducted with Vasif Kortun. Read part one here. — Ed. Perhaps more than any other individual, Vasıf Kortun has redirected the …

Photo courtesy of Vasif Kortun

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part I)

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | An Interview with Vasıf Kortun (Part I)

Perhaps more than any other individual, Vasıf Kortun has redirected the trajectory of recent Turkish art history. As Chief Curator and Director of the 3rd Istanbul Biennial in 1992, Kortun …

Ben Durham in his studio in Lexington, Kentucky.

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Ben Durham

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio: Ben Durham

Turkish and Other Delights columnist Elizabeth Wolfson is filling in for regular Inside the Artist’s Studio writer Georgia Kotretsos this month and next.  — Ed. Ben Durham lives and works …

Extrastruggle, Uluslararası Kredi Derecelendirme Kuruluşunun Türkiye'nin Kredi Notunu “BB-”den “BB”ye Yükseltmesinin Ardından, 2010.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: Extramücadele/Extrastruggle

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: Extramücadele/Extrastruggle

Extrastruggle is an enormous project which began in 1997. It works on imaginary demands from imaginary customers. Just like a graphic designer designing a logo for a client, it designs …

Photograph by Cengiz Tekin, courtesy Outlet-istanbul.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: An Introduction

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights: An Introduction

Art21 is pleased to announce our newest column on the blog — the first of several new endeavors for 2011. Turkish and Other Delights is a column devoted to exploring …

Patti Smith, "Horses," Arista Records, 1975. Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Flash Points

Music and Art

Flash Points

Music and Art

Examples of the influence of music on art are as iconic as they are profuse: Jackson Pollack madly swirling paint around him as Dizzy Gillespie blares on the hi-fi; Andy …