Artists Erbil and Çelebi honored at tribute night in İstanbul
Two veteran Turkish artists, painter Devrim Erbil and internationally acclaimed calligrapher Hasan Çelebi, were honored by an İstanbul-based art foundation at a special gala dinner in İstanbul this week.

The Wednesday night event, organized by the Yedirenk (seven colors) Art Foundation, was the first of a series of tribute events, in which an important figure from Turkey's art community will be honored each month.

Composer-pianist Garo Mafyan and pop musician Erhan Güleryüz, who are among the founders of the Yedirenk Foundation, were also in attendance at Wednesday's gala, which was attended by a crowded group of guests that included artists and art journalists.

A selection of works by both Erbil and Çelebi was exhibited during the event, where two short documentaries on the lives and work of Çelebi and Erbil were also shown. Piatango, a modern tango ensemble, singer Sumru Ağıryürüyen and several other musicians performed mini concerts at the gala.

"There are many artists in Turkey who can be considered masters, but the number and the quality of platforms [that organize such tribute events], through which such artists' ideas, contributions to the local and global art scene are shared and discovered, are limited," Mafyan was quoted as saying in a written statement by the foundation.

Works of the 75-year-old Erbil, best known for his geometrical depictions of İstanbul landscapes, have been exhibited in countries ranging from Egypt to Japan. Çelebi, also 75, was among the winners of 2011's Presidential Awards in Culture and Arts and his work in Ottoman calligraphy is well-regarded both in the Western and Eastern art circles.

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Last Modified: 2012-11-30 18:00:01
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