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Posted: Mar. 12th, 2006  |  By JustLuxe TeamThe Affluent Lifestyle Guide
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New York City is hands-down America's melting pot. Where else can you find a Tibetan restaurant, a Jewish deli and a chilidog stand within a few feet of each other? New York is also America's fashion hub and pioneer in many other industries-architecture, design, literature, music and, without a doubt, the visual arts. Along with some of the world's best art collections at the Met and MoMA, NYC boasts dozens and dozens of renowned galleries in all corners of the city. Sumi New York is home to a unique collection of Sumi art and features Asian-inspired pieces by a rotation of international artists. Sumi, which is Japanese for carbonized material, is made through an intricate process called Tanka (carbonization). Sumi is made of wood from forests grown specifically for this purpose. After being placed in a kiln at 800 degrees, the wood is reduced to a third of its size and resembles ceramic or glass. So, the next time you're in the Big Apple, stop by Sumi for the amazing Asian art, then hop over to the El Museo Del Barrio in Spanish Harlem, then back to Manhattan for Baroque masterpieces at the Met. And, if there's time, check out an Andy Warhol at MoMa.

For LxM Amy Covington
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