Story V | The Nude

Nude Installation Shinichi Maruyama at Lesley Kehoe Galleries Naked or Nude? Sexualized, Objectified or Beautified? On January 15 1889 Directive number 39 from the Japanese Ministry of the Interior banned nude illustrations, defined as ‘nude pictures of beautiful females and …
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Story IV | The Red-Nosed Lover

Poetic allusion and autumn longing in Antique Lacquer ‘But then his mood changed, and he came to suppose that she might still have virtues to recommend her, that touching her in the dark might have left certain mysteries unrevealed, and …
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Story III | The Devil is in the Details

Netsuke Old and New A mysterious or hidden element in the details of something waits to be discovered: It is something that requires one’s full attention and Presence- physical, intellectual and psychic. It may well be overlooked without this Presence, …
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Story II | Seduced by the Other

Imamura Yoshio – Door to Silence – detail In the corner of Imamura Yoshio’s (b.1948) masterpiece ‘Door To Silence’ (Chinmoku no Tobira) is a small red square (pictured above): ‘Do you know what this is…’ quizzed an impassioned Italian art …
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Story I | Budgets and Beauty

Takahiro Kondō 2007. Oil & Water installation. Petroleum ash on fleece, stainless steel with silver mist glaze 80 × 250.8 × 5 cm view on artsy ‘Beauty’ is not a four letter word, but ‘lust’ is, and an undesirable, if not sinful, human …
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Samurai Tea at The International Show New York

Zimbabwe, the nefarious back streets of Lisbon, Melbourne’s renowned gra ti lanes, Yoko Ono’s peace tower in Iceland, MONA FOMA Tasmania and now the Park Avenue Armory New York, may seem unusual sites for the formal practice of Japanese tea, but …
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Playboy Takes Tea : Adam Wojcinski x Tomokazu Matsuyama

Additional Coverage : Arrested Motion Initiated by Byron Kehoe of Lesley Kehoe Galleries and co-hosted with artist Tomokazu Matsuyama at his Brooklyn NY studio, the artist’s significant work ‘Whatever The Playboy Wrote Was As Good As The Great Waves’ took …
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The International Show New York

It is neither exaggeration nor immodesty to say that Lesley Kehoe Galleries was a highlight of the revamped International Fine Art and Antiques show at the New York Armory this October. We joined longstanding colleagues San Francisco Japonesque and Seattle …
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Unryūan Team at the Wajima Lacquer Museum

The 3-year project to reinvent the shell boxes of daimyo bridal dowry provenance was recently completed. Under the guidance of Unryūan, with assistance from Professor Yamazaki Tatsufumi of Kanazawa Art Unviersity and Akimoto Yuji Director of the 21st Century Museum …
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Unryūan : Museum of Arts and Design New York

In a reference to the Nanban makie tradition of the 15th and 16th Jesuits and other Nanbanjin, and with further reference to the lasting significance of religious objects in human history, Unryūan expressed a desire to be part of this …
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