Artures, a portmanteau made up of art and names for art genres like peinture or littérature, is how Yüksel Arslan calls his image and text combinations painted on paper in a special mixed media technique. In these works, the artist, who was born in Istanbul in 1933, focuses on the relationship between rational thinking and mysticism. Most of the subjects are taken from everyday life and deal with human accord and conflict.
The artist, who has lived and worked in Paris since 1962, has only gained international acclaim in recent years despite his contacts to prominent Parisian circles of artists like the Surrealists.
The exhibition Artures presented by the Kunsthalle Wien will be Yüksel Arslan’s first solo show in Austria.
The exhibition has been on display in the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 2012.
Curators: Oliver Zybok, Lucas Gehrmann (Kunsthalle Wien)
Exhibition Catalogue: Yüksel Arslan. Artures; Edited by Oliver Zybok; texts by Elodie Evers, Angela Stief, Jacques Vallet, Oliver Zybok; Interview with the artist by Beatrix Ruf; German/English; 272 pp.; 195 color ills.; Hatje Cantz Verlag
Hatje Cantz Verlag
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