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Bosporus Heads for the Block

by Sara Raza

An upcoming auction in London of contemporary art from Turkey turns the spotlight on Istanbul’s art scene, which, so far, has skirted the dubious label of “the next big thing.”

Taner Ceylan with his artwork. Courtesy Galerist, Istanbul. 

Home to an acclaimed biennial and international galleries, Istanbul is the center of Turkey’s contemporary art scene. As the Western art market continues to tap previously neglected art communities, works by Turkish artists appear at auction in increasing numbers. On March 4, Sotheby’s London will hold its inaugural
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