February 16th, 2012
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Istanbul , Turkey (CNN) - After being virtually ignored at home and abroad for decades, Turkish modern art has become a valuable commodity, sought after by international and Turkish collectors.

London’s Sotheby's auction house held its first ever auction of Turkish modern art in 2009. The auction grossed more than $2 million dollars: the next year, those numbers, nearly doubled.

Dozens of new art galleries have sprouted up in Istanbul in the last few years. Industry insiders say a big part of what's driving this growing art market is the rapid growth of the Turkish economy, which has more than doubled in size over the last 10 years.

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  1. deniz boro

    Turkey's booming art market seems inapt to commen or speculations. Or must I take it on the interpreter as I am also a graduate of the first ranked art school of Turkey and have been tuitered by the masters of these artists? :)
    It does seem funny that CNN refuses a local opinion. Do drop me a line if you want to promote Turkish art.

    February 18, 2012 at 3:11 am |
  2. jakson

    See the elephant is dying and die a very sad situation

    February 19, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  3. tan

    I dont believe that new.I live in istanbul .Recently art galleries in istanbul attacked by mollaS.Religiosus restestrictions on arts increases day by day.This is true.

    February 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  4. ali ragip baltali

    who will interest with art market,people is fending for themself.foreigners are sucking up Turkish elites.how much Turkish lira is pension of ordinary pensioner,in Turkey,Do you know?500 usd, squander it with squaws,may you can buy a tepee and you can herd flocks.

    February 22, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. Jamie

    There is always a duty (nobetci) cimhest open in every town/city district. Every cimhest (eczane) publishes the name and address in their window. Saturday is pazartesi in Turkish so find the nearest cimhest, if it's closed look in the window, take a note of the name and address, ask for directions there or take a taxi.Thanks Ipek slip of the mind!Here is a list of Antalya cimhests. Click on the name to find the address and phone numbers:

    March 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  6. deniz boro

    I stoped my art educationn short in Turkey because my teacher had advanced interest in me (naturally since her wife was pregnant). But I failed to get passing grades Well the first two years in painting education in Turkey is just about havind a 45-90 year old model to make a drawing of. Teachers talk of light, shade, mass and other things ...But when you ask what it is..They donot know. You have to feel your way around iğf you are ellected to be one of the creative folks of Turkey. Sure we had nude models in the studio to copy anatomy. But our teachers offered..well no imposed a 3G version. The experiance ı had in the best art school o Turkey leaves me no doubt of the Art they may produce; the way they will produce or market. But still there is a market for every buyer and I wish them all the well.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:44 am |
  7. deniz boro

    Sorry I get carrid away. But I was educated by the group who holds the Turkish art market. Their name may hold a value localy and may be taken as an asset. The rest is for the assesment of others.

    July 25, 2012 at 5:52 am |
  8. Dionne Mattie

    An art gallery or art museum is a building or space for the exhibition of art, usually visual art. Museums can be public or private, but what distinguishes a museum is the ownership of a collection. Paintings are the most commonly displayed art objects; however, sculpture, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, costume, drawings, pastels, watercolors, collages, prints, artists' books, photographs, and installation art are also regularly shown..

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    April 20, 2013 at 2:46 am |

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