Parisian Artapot collective to liven up Turkish art scene
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Artapot aims to present quality paintings to people at an affordable price. A group of artists create paintings for companies and individuals.Artapot, a Parisian collective of artists who are experienced visual art professionals seeking to promote a fun, witty, non-elitist approach to art, is now in Turkey. Founded by French Stephanie Triau and inspired by pop art, the collective seeks to enable all art lovers and collectors to reach quality paintings.
Art has become difficult to define away from its market value; it has become a commodity and its trade has reached the same volatility as the stock market. This is especially true about contemporary art.
The build-up of star galleries, star collectors and star museums through media and global coteries leaves a lot of people behind. Most art lovers can taste that idea of art in museums or public viewings at galleries or fairs, but they definitely feel like they cannot put it in their house.
The idea of affordable art is often marketed in connection with the concept of multiple print editions. Since the 19th century, this has often been a way for the collector to acquire a piece by a famous artist at a considerably lower value than an original work. These pieces rely on the usage of mechanical reproduction techniques and the supervision of the process or the result by the artist/creator, who signs and numbers the works. Artapot uses this idea, but also deals with artworks whose production is totally exempt from the mechanical process. The paintings it offers are hand-made by seasoned painters.
Big interest at Contemporary Istanbul
Artapot’s paintings can be reached in its atelier in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş neighborhood, as well as in its Nişantaşı, BiberBar, PRfit-Bebek offices and through the website artapotgallery.com.