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Cengiz Çekil (1945–2015)

Turkish artist Cengiz Çekil has died. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Çekil staged his first solo show in a basement cafe in 1975. He went on to participate in the Istanbul Biennial twice, as well as Manifesta 5, and also saw his work featured in group shows at Mechelen, Belgium; the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; and MAK in Vienna. His work is also in the permanent collection at New York’s MoMA.

As Kaelen Wilson-Goldie wrote in Artforum, Çekil was “widely regarded as a founding father of Turkish contemporary art.”