Maria Foladori Weiss
Iznik Blue at Turkish Cultural Center
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"Iznik Blue” by Maria Foladori
An Exhibition of Paintings Inspired by Turkish Tiles
September 28 to October 30, 2009

The Turkish Cultural Center presents “Iznik Blue”, the new paintings of Argentine-American artist, Maria Foladori.  The works will be displayed from September 28 to October 30, 2009 in the Center’s gallery at 560 Lexington Ave, 16th floor, in midtown Manhattan.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 

Opening Reception
Friday, September 25, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Turkish Cultural Center New York

Based on her visits to eastern Turkey in 2007 & 2008, Maria Foladori produced this suite of acrylic paintings inspired by decorative architectural tiles that were hand-painted in the ceramic workshops of Iznik, Turkey in the 15th to 17th centuries.  These Iznik tiles of floral geometric patterns in cobalt blues, pure white and accents of red cover the endless interiors of Ottoman-built, domed mosques or camii. 

On canvas or plywood up to eight feet in length, Foladori enlarges and recombines the traditional hatayi motifs or stylized flowers.  Waves of tulips, twisting saz leaves, stable rosettes and the fat lotus-like flowers float in compositions of rectangles.   The “chinamani” pattern of tiger stripes and three balls find freedom. The patterns overlap at a variety of scales typical of the original intimate ceramics, Victoria wallpaper and modern graphic signs.      

Maria Foladori was born in Buenos Aires in 1956.  She graduated from the School of Fine Arts Priliadiano Pueyrredon and then returned to her first alma mater, the School of Visual Arts Regina Pacis, as the printmaking professor.  In the 1980s, her delicate paintings and prints were successfully exhibited as part of Argentine movement of "naive painting".  She immigrated to south Florida in 1989 and focused on photography resulting in several awards and publications.  In the last five years, she returned to painting with exhibitions at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Cornell Museum of Art.  The Turkish Cultural Center is the first presentation of her work in New York since moving to New Rochelle in 2008.

The Turkish Cultural Center is a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Turkish culture and language in New York and the United States of America. The Turkish Cultural Center strengthens the cultural and educational ties between peoples of the United States and Turkey, and aims to make a significant contribution to national and global peace and security by sharing Turkey’s heritage of tolerance and understanding.

Turkish Cultural Center New York
560 Lexington Ave, 16th Floor (northwest corner with 50th Street)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 696 1060

Directions to the Turkish Cultural Center Gallery

Location: East 50th Street and Lexington Avenue on the northwest corner
Subway: 51st Street Station on #6 and Lexington Ave Station on E & V (at 53rd)
Metro North:  Grand Central Station

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