The Whitney Museum: Yayoi Kusama Retrospective

Image courtesy of Whitney Museum Priestess of Polka Dots/Eccentric Art or Louis Vuitton Brand Ambassador? The queues at the Whitney Museum for entry to the Kusama Yayoi retrospective (Read NY Times Review) were, yes, admittedly longer and more decorous than …
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Issey Miyake 132 5

image courtesy of Issey Miyake ‘1’ refers to the single piece of cloth for each item of apparel; ‘3’ to the three-dimensional shape and ‘2’ to the fact that it reduces to a flat two-dimensional form. The gap in the …
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LKG's Ishinomaki donation at work

The contribution made by Lesley Kehoe Galleries in conjunction with Significant Women’s Network, friends, clients and colleagues is having a significant impact. In response to a direct request from a group of local mothers for a safe place for their …
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Ishinomaki to Venice Film Festival

Then & Now by Australian filmmaker Paul Johanessen, is the short film that introduced us to the situation in Ishinomaki. The stories shared by the people featured were the inspiration for our fund-raising efforts. The film is a semi-finalist in the …
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Maio Motoko Studio Visit

A little like Aladdin’s cave, dark and full of golden and silver treasures, might be one way of describing Maio Motoko’s attic storage of antique fabrics. Shelves and shelves, boxes and boxes of these textile gems provide a creative source …
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NHK Films Australian Lacquer Collectors

Outside support for Japanese culture is seen as a fillip to the national psyche in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. Australian collections of Japanese lacquer and our support for the continuation of the tradition in the works of …
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Sake Corner #6

Urakasumi aged Sake was my favourite Sake at the recent sake tasting event hosted by the Japanese government at Crown Casino. At that event, I was lucky enough to meet and talk with Sake Samurai Irie Keisuke about the Urakasumi brewery. Brewers …
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Ishinomaki Update #3 - Impressions of Ishinomaki

Cherry blossoms are not the only signs of new life in Ishinomaki. The formidable strength of the human spirit is evident in small corners of Ishinomaki as residents struggle to restore some sense of hope for the future. Camouflaged by …
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Ishinomaki : Komegura Kimono Shop

The streets of Ishinomaki are clear, their pavements shovelled clean of mud and debris by locals and volunteers. Fronting these pavements are faceless buildings in various stages of devastation, boarded up and forlorn. There are no people. There are no …
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Art Crafting Towards the Future : 21st Century Museum of Art

A highlight of our recent trip to Japan, April 27 saw us at the opening of a stunning and stimulating exhibition of contemporary ‘craft’ (工芸 kogei) at the internationally renowned 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.  Entitled ‘Art …
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