ArtInternational, Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul

ArtInternational launches its third edition on 4 September, returning to the Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul. Drawing on its unique geographic location as a gateway between East and West, the fair promotes itself as a dynamic cultural bridge across the global art market. The annual event offers audiences the chance to engage with modern and contemporary art practices presented by an array of international galleries from Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Central Asia, India and China.

This year ArtInternational will welcome 87 galleries from 27 countries, together with 13 organisations from the fair’s host country. A number of leading galleries, including Victoria Miro, Sakshi Gallery and Aspan Gallery, will be joining the event for the first time, participating alongside returning exhibitors Paul Kasmin Gallery, Pearl Lam Galleries, Kukje Gallery/Tina Kim Gallery, Gallery Lelong, Kalfayan Galleries, Deweer Gallery, Robert Miller Gallery, and Galleri Andersson/Sandström.

In 2014 visitor numbers exceeded 20,000; a figure that the fair hopes to increase through its diverse line-up of exhibitors and innovative ‘bolt-on’ programme, By the Waterside, a dedicated sculpture terrace spanning the length of the Haliç Congress Center’s waterfront on Istanbul’s historic Golden Horn. For this, ten works by acclaimed artists Rada Boukova, Guldo Casaretto, Şakir Gökçebağ, Karl Karner, Yerbossyn Meldbekov, Ichwan Noor, Stefan Nikolaev, Javier Pérez, Paul Schwer and Walid Sitl have been chosen by ArtInternational’s selection committee.

Organised by Sandy Angus, co‐founder of Art HK and co‐owner of India Art Fair, in collaboration with Fiera Milano Interteks, Turkey’s oldest and most prestigious trade show organiser, the fair attracts an international spectrum of artists, collectors, curators and journalists, through its varied programme of exhibitions, events and forums, which enables visitors to experience the rich cultural history of Istanbul alongside a flourishing local contemporary art scene.

ArtInternational, 4 – 6 September, Haliç Congress Center, Istanbul.

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1. Jason Martin, As yet unt, 2013. Courtesy of Pearl Lam Galleries.
2. Tony Cragg, Red Square, 2013. Courtesy of Galleri Andersson-Sandström.