Mar. 4th, 2001
Reception Feb. 17, 4-6 P.M.
Thanks in part to
a grant from MAFCO WORLDWIDE CORP.
LIGHTS, HUES &
SHADOWS, two person photography
show with Patricia Peticolas & Suzanne Rubinstein 2nd
Floor Small Gallery
OF CHIYU UEMAE 1980-Present 1st Floor Small Gallery
Central Asia is a dreamland of cultural diversity with enormous
natural resources, enchanting scenic beauty and home to
one of the world's oldest civilizations. The land of Ghengis
Khan had remained in recent years part of the Soviet Empire
until its fall in 1991. Afterward, Central Asia emerged
in the shape of six independent countries, one being Turkmenistan
in southwest Central Asia north of the Kopetdog Mountains,
with the Caspian sea to the west and then the Amu-Darya
River to the east.. Turkmenistan has an area of 488,000
square kilometers and a population of 4.5 million people.
Yet it has great economic potential with an abundance of
natural resources such as oil, gas, sulfur, potassium and
rock salt. In terms of gas production, Turkmenistan ranks
fourth in the world after Russia, the USA and Canada.
ABOUT THE SHOW'S CURATOR
Mirza Azam Baig is a business representative and publisher
from Pakistan who went to Uzbekistan in 1992, after the
Soviet disintegration, promoting trade & tourism there.
In 1995 he went to Turkmenistan to put out a special report
in the "Monthly Diplomat" to highlight trade &
tourism in this new state. In 1996 he compiled a book on
this subject entitled "Turkmenistan Today." Since
then he has worked in support of Turkmenistan agricultural
& industrial initiatives, scholarship & public education.
In October 2000, Mr. Baig arranged for the first ever painting
exhibition from Turkmenistan in America at the United Nations
Plaza in New York City.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS IN
THE SHOW "WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGES TURKMENISTAN"
Atta Akieff is an artist who is familiar to all those
who have looked into the world of Turkmenistan contemporary
art. In 1975 he firmly established himself when his art
works went on display in Moscow, which brought him wide
popular appeal. Beside numerous showings in Turkmenistan
, he has been in shows around the world, including Moscow,
Minsk, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Denmark Africa, Norway
Allamurat Muhammadov is one of those few distinguished artists
of Turkmenistan who enjoys enviable international fame and
respect. His works adorn the State Museum of Turkmenistan,
The East Museum, The Tretiakov Gallery and the Gallery of
Modern Arts in Moscow, and the Gallery of Bernard Fili. His
works are in many private and public collections in Turkey,
Germany, the USA, Poland, and elsewhere. His works have been
shown in numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and around the