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Asia Week NY 2013 and the Lesley Kehoe Galleries

James Andrew and work by Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery - photo John Mazlish

James Andrew and work by Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery

Asia Week NY 2013 is in full swing here in New York City! With a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in New York City, Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York area. In short, it presents the most perfect opportunity to fall even more deeply in love with art from the Asian art.

My first stop? The superlative Lesley Kehoe Galleries, of course. A visit there is sure to transport one to a world of fantasy and romance—to “an environment of beauty” as they tell us—a place that “..indulges the senses, provokes the intellect, and stirs the heart.”

Well to be sure, my heart certainly did begin to race upon seeing the magnificent work of Maio Motoko whose exhibition, Deconstructing Tradition: Contemporary Japan is highlighted at the Lesley Kehoe Galleries to celebrate Asia Week.

Maio Motoko – Moment by Moment Heartbeat by Heartbeat (Exhibiting Asia Week New York 2013) from Lesley Kehoe Galleries on Vimeo.

With several possible configurations, the unique thirteen-fold graduated screen I’m pictured with, for instance, folds into a trapezoidal form which stands alone as a sculptural object, totally concealing its potential as a massive canvas. Primarily made from antique Japanese textiles cut and pieced together to create a symphony of color and pattern, Motoko has taken one of the most traditional of Japanese art forms and created something that speaks to the 21st Century. Needless to say, I’d be thrilled to see one of these masterpieces installed in one of my interiors.

James Andrew and work by  Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery

James Andrew and work by Maio Motoko at the Lesley Kehoe Gallery

Admiring Maio Motoko’s work, Fleeting Moments (Y side), I’m sporting a Tom Ford “Buckingham” jacket in black and ink wool wide twill damier, black wool flannel pant and purple and ivory glen plaid silk pocket square, Turnbull & Asser purple cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, antique moon stone cuff links, black alligator belt with sterling buckle by Ralph Lauren, vintage Rolex watch, Navy leather slip on shoes and my fragrance is Creed Royal-Oud.

photos by John Mazlish

 

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