12th Istanbul Biennial to Bring Together Artworks that Connect Political and Social Subjects

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ISTANBUL.- Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 will bring together artworks that connect political and social subjects with aesthetic and formal concerns. The curatorial point of departure is the work of the Cuban American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957 1996), whose pieces in different media provide examples of an artistic practice that is both politically outspoken and aesthetically progressive. Composed of five group exhibitions each occupying a distinct space, the exhibitions will feature a large number of artists’ works brought together under a particular argument, functioning as thematic anchors for the five biennial sections. 50 solo presentations will be installed around the group shows, each linking to the subjects of the group shows, but will push the themes further, exploring the subjects the group exhibitions have introduced. Untitled (Abstraction) is inspired by “Untitled” (Bloodwork—Steady Decli