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Yeşim Akdeniz Graf, Love, 2011, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 90 1/2".

Yeşim Akdeniz Graf

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Yeşim Akdeniz Graf, Love, 2011, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 90 1/2".

For her exhibition “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Turkish-born Yeşim Akdeniz Graf (who studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, then lived in Amsterdam and Berlin before moving to Istanbul two years ago) showed new, predominantly large-format paintings. These works are marked by a characteristic, strikingly imaginative pictorial language and a repertoire of symbolic images. Often these were animal figures, such as the tigers in Love (all works 2011) and Retrospective. Both these tigers recline in the same pose, gazing directly at the observer. They are the principal characters in an allegory that Akdeniz Graf contextualized using architectural or landscape settings and further specified by adding in particular objects that serve as attributes of the central figures. For example, a red rope lies at the feet of the tiger in Retrospective, while sex toys and shackles appear in Love. In the

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