Artist Mustafa &  Filiz Yildiz's Exhibitions

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 18, 2005 - Acclaimed Turkish team of artists, Mustafa Yildiz and Filiz Yildiz, will offer New York its first taste of their compelling ceramics and paintings with the unveiling of their 20 piece exhibit at the Turkish Center (821 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York) on September 6th.  Powerfully rooted in Turkish culture and history, the show will reflect the extensive academic research prevalent in the works of the celebrated Yildiz duo, who consistently incorporate their scholarly interpretation of ancient civilizations, early animal themes and the traditions of their native Turkey , into their art.

Filiz Yildiz, whose works have shown from Clifton , New Jersey to Izmir , Turkey , is known most prominently for her poignant integration of “today’s world,” and the values and experiences thereof, with the documented lifestyle and imagery of the Hittite civilization. To create her unique signature motif, Yildiz blends the iconic stamped ceramics of this early Mesopotamian civilization, 1600 BC to 1200 BC, with symbols of culture from present day Turkey , brilliantly illustrated in the upcoming New York exhibit.

A professor of Ceramics at Cukurova University with a Masters from Marmara University ’s Fine Arts Institute and once apprenticed under the Kutahya’s ceramics factory, Mustafa Yildiz creatively employs methods from the utilitarian to the abstract in his award winning creations. Unveiling works ranging from dinnerware to his own surrealist ceramic abstractions, Yildiz will showcase clay ceramics formed upon one of the oldest techniques and tools in art, the ceramic wheel utilized merely for the final finishing stage of each piece, for the September exhibition.

The Yildiz exhibition will show at the Turkish Cultural Center , 821 United Nations Plaza, New York , from Septmber 6th – 15th. On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, beginning at 6:30 p.m, Mrs. Meltem Onhon, as director of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, will host the opening reception for the Yildiz show for the premier viewing of the new works and an opportunity to meet the artists. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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