This weekend, I had a chance to visit Contemporary Istanbul, the first true contemporary art fair in Istanbul. Last month, I had visited Art Istanbul, which featured more of a 20th century perspective on Turkish modern art, whereas Contemporary Istanbul was focused on the current movements in Turkish art. It also enjoyed a stronger presence of international galleries. Congratulations to Orhan Taner and the team, who put the event together.
One surprise for me was the lack of video art, which seems to have emerged as the dominant medium, if the amount of video in the biennials is an accurate indication.