Luna Roslyn – Queen of Cities EP

Just thought I would share a nice EP called Queen of Cities put out by Luna Roslyn. They’re using one of my paintings from Turkey for the cover. Continue Reading

Italian Artist Killed in Turkey

The 33 year old Italian performance artist Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo (Pippa Bacca) was recently killed during her “Brides on Tour” project. The artist was hitchhiking through Turkey in a white wedding dress to promote peace in the Middle
East. 38 year old Turkish man Murat Karatas was arrested for the murder and sexual assault of the artist.Continue Reading

Orhan Pamuk Assassination Plot Foiled

Most of the posts on Art News Blog that mention the country of Turkey seem to be about artists suffering for their art. Like the Turkish author Elif Shafak insulting Turkish identity or the British born artist Michael Dickinson fighting for his freedom.

So, keeping with that theme, the Guardian has reported that a plot to kill the Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has recently been interrupted. Thirteen people have been arrested in Turkey and accused of plotting to assassinate the author.Continue Reading

Michael Dickinson’s Turkish Court Case

The UK artist living in Turkey Michael Dickinson has had his court date moved forward to March 2008. Coxsoft art news says that Mr Dickinson appeared in a Turkish court yesterday, two police officers testified that they had seen the offending works displayed, and now the judge will consult with university arts professors on the matter.Continue Reading

Artist Facing Prison Time in Turkey – Petition

Last year I mentioned that the British born collage artist Michael Dickinson had been accused of insulting the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was held by Turkish police for ten days after exhibiting works which included one where prime minister Erdogan was depicted as a pet dog being patted by president Bush.Continue Reading

10th International Istanbul Biennial in Turkey

Turkey continues to establish itself as an art friendly place with the Tenth Istanbul Biennial opening this weekend.

When I think of Turkey, I don’t usually think of art. But with the success of the Istanbul Biennial, the opening of the Istanbul Modern Art Museum a couple years ago, and a big Picasso exhibition, things are looking up (for art lovers in Turkey).Continue Reading

Turkish Author Elif Shafak’s Charges Dropped

The popular Turkish novelist Elif Shafak has had charges of “insulting Turkish identity” dropped. It was decided that the evidence was lacking and the prosecutor dropped the charges.

She was quoted as saying “The verdict is very pleasing in terms of Turkey’s test of democracy and freedom of expression, but incomplete as long as Article 301 remains as it is, open to manipulation.”Continue Reading

Elif Shafak on Trial in Turkey

The Turkish novelist Elif Shafak will face charges of “insulting the Turkish identity” this week in Istanbul. Just a week ago the British artist Michael Dickinson was charged with “insulting the dignity of the Prime Minister“, so it’s probably not a good time to be saying or doing anything too radical in the country at the moment.

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Artist Charged in Turkey

The British born artist Michael Dickinson may face up to three years in prison for displaying a collage of the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a dog.

The work is called “Best in Show” and was confiscated by police and the artist has been detained. It shows President Bush awarding the Turkish Prime Minister with a ribbon at a dog show.Continue Reading

Freedom of Expression

I know that the Muslim cartoon controversy seems to have settled down and everyone is probably tired of hearing about it in the news, but I came across an interesting article in a Turkish newspaper by the Professor of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, Zeki Saritoprak.
Muslims, Cartoons and Freedom of Expression
“Islam has a great respect for freedom of expression and free society, although it always regarded freedom as limited by the freedom of others. An absolute freedom is only found in the jungles among animals. We don’t live in a jungle.. we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious society and freedom of others includes a respect for the faith, tradition, property, and personal dignity of people.”Continue Reading