Whether you’re basking in the glow of the city’s current artistic invasion or wondering if, even though art’s not really your thing, it’d be worth stopping by for an afternoon, here’s something you might want to consider. Turkish artist Cevdet Erek, who you may remember for his part in dOCUMENTA (13) or seen his works at such establishments as the Tate Modern and the Istanbul Biennial, was recently awarded the famous Nam June Paik Award. Founded in 2002 and awarded every two years by the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Nam June Paik Award seeks to put together an exhibition featuring a variety of works by a group of young artists whose creations bear visible ties to Nam June Paik’s oeuvre. It’s named after Nam June Paik, a Korean-American artist who was known for his work in a variety of different mediums and is considered the first video artist. One of these artists is then chosen and awarded the prize as well as 25,000 Euro.
You can see art by Erek at Gallery Mana’s Reflecting on Reflection until November 10 and between November 22-15 at Contemporary Istanbul, at Galerie AKINCI’s booth. Lara Conway