Having brought together 70 galleries from 20 countries and over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists in its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul has started its preparations for its next edition with an exclusive event in Miami during Miami Art Week which showcased 24 art fairs and over 5000 galleries with an international contingent of modern, contemporary, and emerging artists. On November 30th, Herrick Feinstein and Contemporary Istanbul co-hosted the cocktail reception, "Istanbul Meets Miami", gathering a record of over 220 attendees from the Turkish and American art communities at The Setai Hotel.
During the event, Kamiar Maleki, the newly appointed director of CI, has also been introduced to the public for the first time. London based collector and curator with 15 years of experience in the contemporary art world Maleki has recently joined the team as the director to take part actively in the preparations for the fair’s 2017 edition. Fostering numerous young artists’ careers from an early stage, Maleki has established himself as a trusted expert in the field. He is a founding member of the ICA’s Young Patrons and is a Young Patron to Parasol Unit Foundation and Tate. His inaugural exhibition as a curator was the critically acclaimed group show, Hashtag Abstract (2015) followed by Primary Colours (2016), the first UK solo exhibition of works by Richard Höglund, both at Ronchini Gallery. His latest project was Desert Octave (2016), also a solo exhibition of Richard Höglund in Dubai at Custot Gallery Dubai.