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Imari, updated

December 27, 2007|Bettijane Levine

Imari, the Japanese porcelain admired since the 1600s, has taken a modern turn. Don Ed Hardy, the tattoo master turned fine artist, has created updated versions of the Asian motifs for Ku Ambiance in West Hollywood. "We decided to try to contemporize their magnificent work," says Steve Hoel, an owner of the gallery, whose opening celebration earlier this month included a blessing by a Shinto priest. Hardy's tiger plate, far left, is $12,000. Also on view: the artist's dragons and sharks on screens and wall hangings. 607 N. Huntley Drive; (310) 360-4826. www.kuambiance.com.

-- Bettijane Levine

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