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Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to participate in ArtInternational Istanbul, September 26–28, 2014, Booth B12 with a solo exhibition of artworks by Taner Ceylan. Following the international success of his Lost Paintings Series, the Gallery will exhibit a comprehensive overview of Ceylan’s new Golden Age Series, which the artist began in 2012. Although rendered realistically, his works transcend physicality and access the spiritual, meditating on the precarious coexistence of beauty and savagery. Debuting at ArtInternational Instanbul are two new works by Ceylan—Moon Skin, the first oil painting in the series, and Moon Tale, the artist’s first sculptural work to date.

Moon Skin, spanning over 1.3 meters across, demonstrates Ceylan’s unparalleled technical mastery and precision. In a similar fashion to his previous work, he meticulously recreates his own photograph using oil paints on canvas. Staged near Olympos, Turkey, on the horizon of panorama landscape scene, rendered in hyper-realistic detail, the artist presents the bodies of a man and a centaur in a scene that is neither purely reality nor fantasy. Ceylan applies the same artistic dexterity to his sculpture Moon Tale. Measuring ½ meter tall and cast in bronze, Moon Tale revisits the classical male nude—the paradigm of pure form yet undeniably eroticism. Instead of simply molding the outer shell, Ceylan built the cast for Moon Tale anatomically, starting with the figure’s skeletal structure and adding layers of muscle and skin. Ceylan’s labor-intensive process is apparent in the final sculpture, which contends with both the sexual and emotional dimensions of lived experience.

Accompanying Moon Skin and Moon Tale will be two charcoal and graphite drawings from the Golden Age Series. Cyparissus (2012), named after the Greek god Apollo’s lover, depicts the struggle between life and death, embodied by three superimposed ghostly figures whose bodies flow ethereally in and out of one another. Persephone (2012), based on the Greek goddess who was abducted by Hades, features a frontal female nude whose skeletal bones are visible at times through her translucent flesh. This work, along with the entire Golden Age Series, questions the balance between corporeal desire and metaphysical demise.

Taner Ceylan was born in Selb, Germany in 1967 and currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2013, Paul Kasmin Gallery hosted a solo show of his Lost Paintings series. Ceylan has participated in both the 8th and 9th International Istanbul Biennials (2003/5) and has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2009); Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2010); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2012); and Elgiz Museum, Istanbul (2014). His work is included in private and museum collections including Sveaas Art Collection and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to participate in ArtInternational Istanbul, September 26–28, 2014, Booth B12 with a solo exhibition of artworks by Taner Ceylan. Following the international success of his Lost Paintings Series, the Gallery will exhibit a comprehensive overview of Ceylan’s new Golden Age Series, which the artist began in 2012. Although rendered realistically, his works transcend physicality and access the spiritual, meditating on the precarious coexistence of beauty and savagery. Debuting at ArtInternational Instanbul are two new works by Ceylan—Moon Skin, the first oil painting in the series, and Moon Tale, the artist’s first sculptural work to date.

Moon Skin, spanning over 1.3 meters across, demonstrates Ceylan’s unparalleled technical mastery and precision. In a similar fashion to his previous work, he meticulously recreates his own photograph using oil paints on canvas. Staged near Olympos, Turkey, on the horizon of panorama landscape scene, rendered in hyper-realistic detail, the artist presents the bodies of a man and a centaur in a scene that is neither purely reality nor fantasy. Ceylan applies the same artistic dexterity to his sculpture Moon Tale. Measuring ½ meter tall and cast in bronze, Moon Tale revisits the classical male nude—the paradigm of pure form yet undeniably eroticism. Instead of simply molding the outer shell, Ceylan built the cast for Moon Tale anatomically, starting with the figure’s skeletal structure and adding layers of muscle and skin. Ceylan’s labor-intensive process is apparent in the final sculpture, which contends with both the sexual and emotional dimensions of lived experience.

Accompanying Moon Skin and Moon Tale will be two charcoal and graphite drawings from the Golden Age Series. Cyparissus (2012), named after the Greek god Apollo’s lover, depicts the struggle between life and death, embodied by three superimposed ghostly figures whose bodies flow ethereally in and out of one another. Persephone (2012), based on the Greek goddess who was abducted by Hades, features a frontal female nude whose skeletal bones are visible at times through her translucent flesh. This work, along with the entire Golden Age Series, questions the balance between corporeal desire and metaphysical demise.

Taner Ceylan was born in Selb, Germany in 1967 and currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2013, Paul Kasmin Gallery hosted a solo show of his Lost Paintings series. Ceylan has participated in both the 8th and 9th International Istanbul Biennials (2003/5) and has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2009); Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2010); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2012); and Elgiz Museum, Istanbul (2014). His work is included in private and museum collections including Sveaas Art Collection and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to participate in ArtInternational Istanbul, September 26–28, 2014, Booth B12 with a solo exhibition of artworks by Taner Ceylan. Following the international success of his Lost Paintings Series, the Gallery will exhibit a comprehensive overview of Ceylan’s new Golden Age Series, which the artist began in 2012. Although rendered realistically, his works transcend physicality and access the spiritual, meditating on the precarious coexistence of beauty and savagery. Debuting at ArtInternational Instanbul are two new works by Ceylan—Moon Skin, the first oil painting in the series, and Moon Tale, the artist’s first sculptural work to date.

Moon Skin, spanning over 1.3 meters across, demonstrates Ceylan’s unparalleled technical mastery and precision. In a similar fashion to his previous work, he meticulously recreates his own photograph using oil paints on canvas. Staged near Olympos, Turkey, on the horizon of panorama landscape scene, rendered in hyper-realistic detail, the artist presents the bodies of a man and a centaur in a scene that is neither purely reality nor fantasy. Ceylan applies the same artistic dexterity to his sculpture Moon Tale. Measuring ½ meter tall and cast in bronze, Moon Tale revisits the classical male nude—the paradigm of pure form yet undeniably eroticism. Instead of simply molding the outer shell, Ceylan built the cast for Moon Tale anatomically, starting with the figure’s skeletal structure and adding layers of muscle and skin. Ceylan’s labor-intensive process is apparent in the final sculpture, which contends with both the sexual and emotional dimensions of lived experience.

Accompanying Moon Skin and Moon Tale will be two charcoal and graphite drawings from the Golden Age Series. Cyparissus (2012), named after the Greek god Apollo’s lover, depicts the struggle between life and death, embodied by three superimposed ghostly figures whose bodies flow ethereally in and out of one another. Persephone (2012), based on the Greek goddess who was abducted by Hades, features a frontal female nude whose skeletal bones are visible at times through her translucent flesh. This work, along with the entire Golden Age Series, questions the balance between corporeal desire and metaphysical demise.

Taner Ceylan was born in Selb, Germany in 1967 and currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2013, Paul Kasmin Gallery hosted a solo show of his Lost Paintings series. Ceylan has participated in both the 8th and 9th International Istanbul Biennials (2003/5) and has exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (2009); Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2010); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2012); and Elgiz Museum, Istanbul (2014). His work is included in private and museum collections including Sveaas Art Collection and the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

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