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A tale of two cities

New Orleans and Istanbul link up in event curated by Dan Cameron

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new york. The founder of the Prospect New Orleans biennial, Dan Cameron, is to curate an exhibition that juxtaposes the work of contemporary artists from New Orleans and Istanbul, including Skylar Fein, Kourtney Keller, Ayse Erkmen and Gülsün Karamustafa. “Double Crescent”, a play on both cities’ associations with the shape of a crescent moon, will be the first held at Chelsea 24 Gallery, due to open in New York in mid-April.

“This exhibition examines the art of two ports channelling European culture, two exotic relics of the colonial past,” said Cameron.

Having undergone huge transformations over the past 50 years, New Orleans and Istanbul are once again culturally ascendant, buoyed in part by slow but steady economic recovery. Despite this, the cities’ contemporary art scenes are relatively unknown, “at least within the dense and over-stimulated New York gallery circuit,” said Cameron.

Sefa Saglam, director of exhibitions at New York’s Neue Galerie, will oversee the gallery’s artistic programme.

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