The Lost Paintings

Taner Ceylan

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In association with Standard Press. Text by Cüneyt Çakirlar, Dan Cameron, Serkan Delice

ISBN: 9788862083126

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Well-known for his provocative realist paintings, Taner Ceylan began his Lost Paintings Series as a contemporary exploration of the Orientalist gaze. Upsetting both Western and Eastern master narratives, the Lost Paintings Series present Eastern figures in a fascinating navigation of history, power and narrative. Esma Sultan, Ceylan’s depiction of an eighteenth-century Ottoman princess renowned for her cruel disposition, draws on the empowering mythology of passionate, ruthless and assertive womanhood that characterizes accounts of her life. In other works, an Ottoman man gazes defiantly, cigarette in hand; a pair of male lovers give a chaste farewell; a veiled woman stands before Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde.

Ceylan assembles a cast of lost characters and voices that embody the many silenced by both Orientalist and official nationalist histories. The book is published on the occasion of Ceylan’s exhibition The Lost Paintings Series at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.
language:English pages: 118 illstrations: 70 binding: Hardcover release: September 2013
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