istanbul

“4th International Instanbul Biennial”

A number of worlds overlap in Istanbul; these include Islamic fundamentalism, Eastern stock exchange, and Western capitalism. With only a half-dozen galleries in the center of town that tend to be dominated by a belated expressionism, the Istanbul Biennial represents an attempt to link up with the Western art market. Artists participating in the Biennial were thus given the opportunity to respond to an interweaving of disparate elements. But Maria Eichhorn’s billboard emblazoned with posters for alternative political parties, gay and lesbian initiatives, and other related groups—which was installed in Istanbul’s busiest square—remained the show’s only incursion into public space. Olaf Metzel’s installation, a guard booth that he borrowed from Besiktas—one of the most popular Turkish soccer teams—and decked with souvenirs, magazine clippings, and other materials, was far more popular than

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