Art Daily: JD Malat Gallery exhibits a new body of work by leading Turkish artist Zümrütoğlu

Date: 19 October 2020

Zümrütoğlu in his studio, 2020

The title of the exhibition, Atonal Drift, marks an extension of the progressive thinking first expressed by Austrian-born composer and painter, Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). ‘Atonality’ has been understood as a conscious attempt to avoid traditional harmony in music. Taking on the broadest sense of the term – as deviation from traditional structures and integral frameworks of different practices – ‘atonal’ in Zümrütoğlu’s new body of work denotes his ability to challenge the conventions of figurative painting to express a dissonant human form, while ‘drift’ demonstrates his shift from the canvas to sculpture.

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