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Hyper realist Turkish artist joins New York gallery

Taner Ceylan's erotically charged "Lost Painting" series to be reunited

Taner Ceylan, Esma Sultan, 2012. Photo: courtesy the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery

Taner Ceylan has joined Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, which will represent the high-profile, hyper realist contemporary Turkish artist worldwide. The Manhattan gallery has brought Ceylan's latest work Esma Sultan, 2012 (price around $200,000) from his “Lost Painting” (2010-12) series to Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) this week. Next autumn, Paul Kasmin Gallery is due to show all the works from the series, borrowing a number of works from private collectors. “For almost two years after ending my relationship with Galerist [an Istanbul gallery], I entered into negotiations with many galleries in Istanbul, New York and London,” says Ceylan. “I strive to create quality, unique paintings, something that can prove difficult when trying to meet the demands of the market.” The artist, whose work is often erotically charged, recently created a surreal cover image for Turkish Vogue.

Meanwhile, Matt Carey-Williams will be joining White Cube in London, also showing at ABMB this week, as a director in the sales department in January 2013. Carey-Williams was previously the international director at Haunch of Venison gallery in London.

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