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Liza Béar – The Making of Avalanche
26 October 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 pm

Within the scope of its 26th year anniversary, the gallery has invited Liza Béar, a founder of Avalanche, one of the phenomenal art magazines of the seventies. This project invited the Istanbul audience to dialogue with international actors and important works of conceptual art which constitute the main focus of Maçka Sanat Galerisi.

Conceived in 1968 by Liza Béar, and Willoughby Sharp, a contemporary art historian and independent curator, the magazine focussed on avant-garde art from the perspective of artists, by means of interviews and documents of their work. Founded in New York, the magazine published thirteen issues between 1970-1976. Among those who participated, some even before their solo shows, were Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Walter De Maria, Jan Dibbets, Philip Glass, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Yvonne Rainer, Keith Sonnier, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Lawrence Weiner and Jackie Winsor.

In the two days following Liza Béar’s talk, photographs and films related to Avalanche archive will be shown in Maçka Sanat Galerisi. Among the selection are: an illustrated discussion by Liza Béar on Avalanche with MoMA’s Christophe Chérix; a 1975 film of Jackie Winsor sculpting in her studio, and recordings which Liza Béar made of openings in New York by artists fatured in Avalanche. Also, an online selection of archival photographs and ephemera has been on show in the gallery.