Catalogue note on Taner Ceylan's 1879 (2011)

Çakirlar, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1171-8635 and Delice, S., 2011. Catalogue note on Taner Ceylan's 1879 (2011). In: Contemporary art / Turkish 07 April 2011. London: Sotheby's, pp. 16-17.

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In this painting from his Lost Painting Series, following 1881 (2010) and 1923 (2010), the photorealist painter Taner Ceylan engages with the questions of history and Orientalism by creating yet another visual allegory. The mischievous gaze of the smoking Ottoman boy in 1881 and the homoerotic farewell scene in 1923 are followed this time by an ingenious montage of Pascal Sébah's photograph from the 1880s and Gustave Courbet's L'Origine du monde (The Origin of the World, 1866). In this intricately crafted oil painting, Ceylan juxtaposes different yet related histories of artistic style and connoisseurship to trigger a rethinking of Orientalism, femininity, the veil and the gaze. Recovering and drawing together forgotten legacies and silenced voices in a brilliantly imagined new setting, Ceylan invites the viewer to look behind the veil of Orientalism and the politics of representation. Rather than offering a corrective, the artist amalgamates irony, playfulness and realism to recast Orientalism as heterogeneous and susceptible to negotiation, contestation and even subversion.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Description: Exhibition catalogue
Creators: Çakirlar, C. and Delice, S.
Publisher: Sotheby's
Place of Publication: London
Date: 7 April 2011
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Jun 2020 08:06
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 08:08
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