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NYC Gallery Hosts Work of New Beever Art Chair, Serdar Arat

September 28, 2010

For many artists, a solo exhibition in New York City can represent the pinnacle of a career. For Serdar Arat, it is not that simple.

Arat, Lasell College's first Diane Heath Beever '49 Professor of Art, will be holding his fourth solo show, Shadow of the Island, from October 8th to October 30th at Kouros Gallery at 23 East 73rd Street, on New York's Upper East Side. A reception for the artist is set for Friday, October 8th from 6 to 8 pm.

According to Arat, who arrived at Lasell earlier this semester, his Shadow of the Island series relates to another group of paintings by Swiss painter Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901) called Island of the Dead.
"Earlier in my career I did a homage to that called Island of the Dead and now this an expansion," says Arat. "Part of the sky and water will come together and be joined, but they look jolted out of place and shifted. They are in balance somehow but it is a little uneasy. Most of my work is metaphorical."

Kouros Gallery holds a large inventory of 20th century artwork and publishes many catalogues, books and brochures. Also, the gallery incorporates impressionist and modern masters into its permanent collection.

Arat, who came to Lasell after a 16-year stint at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, has showcased exhibits in Manhattan several times, as well as Chicago, and in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.