Artifact of the Week
Modigliani’s best known works were created in Paris between 1915 and 1919. in. His celebrated series of “Reclining Nude” continues the tradition of depictions of Venuses from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century with one important difference; the erotic and provacative figure. The common elements of all paintings which feature in the series are a bed cover, and reclining nude bodies that are seen close-up and usually from above. The nudes sometimes appear asleep and graceful, and sometimes they gaze the viewer. One of the “Reclining Nude” paintings (1917) hit the record of the most expensive artwork ever sold in Sotheby’s when it was sold at 157.2 million dollars at an auction in 2018.
News of the Week
“Border and Beyond” consists of a wide selection of works by artist Seyyit Bozdoğan and is taking place in Mimar Sinan University Tophane-i Amire Exhibition Centre. In his works, Bozdoğan stresses the strong relationship between the nature and human beings, which are inseparable from one another. His artworks appear in realistic, figurative and sometimes abstract forms, and are made with mixed materials. They aim to balance our perception of the abstract through taking their inspiration from with Bozdoğan’s personal experiences. This special exhibition running until the 25th of January gives the artlovers a chance to see the artist’s latest works for the first time.
Artist of the Week
Italian painter-sculptor Amedeo Modigliani was born on 12th July, 1884. He started his art education in the studio of open-air painter, Guglielmo Micheli. Known as Picasso’s greatest rival, the artist developed a unique bohemian style. He went to Paris 1906 where he entered into the social circles of important artists of the time. There he created single figured portraits and sculptures, which gave him his unique style. Modigliani depicted his subjects with long necks, long faces and mostly blank eyes to challenge his time’s understanding of taste and art. Unlike his contemporaries, he lived and died in poverty on 24th January, 1920 in Paris.