Glittery Asian Week in New York

Glittery Asian Week in New York

Having a chance to be a part of the glitterati in New York City as a journalist is always a bit surreal....kind of like stepping into a scene from "Sex and the City" that just turned real, or popping off a page of a Dominick Dunne novel. This journalist's most recent taste of New York's highbrow excitement was going to the opening of Asia Week at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum on Friday evening, March 15th. Cocktail receptions at any New York City venue can make you feel like you are an immediate A-lister, but throw in the exquisite backdrop of the perennially spiralling beauty of the Guggenheim, along with a few hundred Manhattan cultural notables, some great white wine and heavenly sushi bitables, and yup, you are on Cloud-We've-Arrived. The launch of this exceptional week in New York, a huge collaboration of Asian art specialists, museums, auction houses and Asian cultural institutions was kicked off with a private invitation-only reception at the Guggenheim, dovetailing beautifully with their exhibit, "Gutai: Splendid Playground," a retrospective devoted to the 1950s postwar avant-garde movement in Japan. Wandering around an art museum in Manhattan after the sun has set, glass of wine in hand, and looking at this eclectic, lush mix of media and styles that italicize this groups's radical art movement from 1954 to 1972, can put one in awe of the endless artistic innovations in Asian culture. And getting the chance to experience it, on this glittery Friday night in this glittery museum among these glittery people.....Act One, Scene One, cut, print. And then I wake up and it's back to my desk to line edit manuscripts once again. :)

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