Turkish contemporary art is known for pushing the boundaries and works on show in a new commercial exhibition at the Phillips de Pury space in London’s Saatchi Gallery (“Confessions of Dangerous Minds”, 16-30 April) are no exception. The London-based curators Jason Lee and Carlo Berardi of the Artnesia company have assembled 40 works by 19 artists such as Taner Ceylan, Canan Tolon and Ramazan Bayrakoglu who has made an arresting image of the Pope in flames (The Sacred Fire of Faith, 2010-11). The curators elucidate why they chose the piece: “It is most curious to watch artists play with various styles and techniques as they either come to success or failure. We are often faced with the risk that is the act of stepping away from what is beautiful and correct, a risk most artists are hesitant in taking. While Bayrakoglu’s play on different materials on his work instead of paint can be seen as a risk, the artist considers it a progression in his art.”
via The Art Newspaper.