Artwork of the Week
Fernand Léger's work "Leisure, Homage to David" completed in 1949, is an important example of the artist's efforts to create an art language that appeals to everyone. The six figures that represent the characteristics of American working-class people of the period with their clothes, reflect the pure and simple joy of family time. Whether they like to cycle or go to the beach in their spare time, Legér's figures radiate the conceptual and technical simplicity in color, composition, and style-wise. The posture of the female figure at the bottom that holds a note written "In memory of David Louis" makes a nod to Jacques Louis David's legendary "The Death of Marat" painting. This art-historical reference, which symbolizes the dynamics between art and society, represents Léger's ideological stance in the "Leisures".
News of the Week
Galeri Nev hosts the group exhibition titled “The Seventh Valley” inspired by the Simurgh legend in Persian Mythology. Selected works of significant representatives of Turkish contemporary art such as Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Behçet Safa, Bilge Friedlaender, Canan Tolon, Füsun Onur, Gökçen Dilek Acay, Murat Morova, and Serdar Arat can be seen within the scope of the exhibition. The mythological narrative that the exhibition is based on establishes a link between the seven valleys the birds have passed to seek wisdom and the things we have encountered in our inner journeys. In a world overshadowed by uncertainties and unpredictable events, the exhibition reminds us that art can be a source of hope and inspiration. “The Seventh Valley” can be seen until 28 August at Galeri Nev, Istanbul.
Artist of the Week
Born in 1881, French artist Fernand Léger’s practice evolved in accordance with the spirit of the time and developed an impressive abstract figurative technique over time. Léger, who lived between France and America, was affected by the political, cultural, and social fluctuations created by the First and Second World Wars, Consumerism, and the Industrial Revolution. In his works, Legér often featured people from different walks of life especially the working class living in the city to create a socially inclusive perspective. As a colorful and multi-talented artist, Legér has created illustrations, ceramic sculptures, set and costume designs, mosaics, and cinematic works. Fernand Léger, who died in 1955, established the first examples of Pop-Art with his unique geometric forms and strong colors, inspiring the technical and conceptual aspects of the influential movement.