New York City
To ready the latest show in the Gallery — Park & Parcel: Watercolors by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder —we worked with master-framer Yaqub Esmaelsadeh, aka Jacob, the proprietor of Decor Art Gallery. 
Born in Kabul, he finished high school in 1979 — precisely three days after the Soviet war began — and promptly left to study medicine in West Germany. Once he graduated from Medical School in Hamburg in 1998, he first visited — and instantaneously fell in love with New York.
After moving to the United States, Esmaelsadah began framing as a part-time job while attending ESL classes in New Paltz. In framing, he found both a career path and an opportunity to express himself creatively. In 1991, he opened the Decor Art Gallery at 337 Park Ave South. He considers himself a pioneer in offering affordable, high quality wood frames.
How has the neighborhood changed since 1991?
I’m one of the few left small businesses in this area. This neighborhood had bad reputation at times but now, it’s one of the most beautiful places in New York. Sometimes I go to Madison Square Park to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
What are some of the more memorable things you’ve framed?
Rifles, Berlin Wall pieces, or a ketubah using the pieces of broken glass from the ceremony…
At a museum, do you ever look at the frames before the art?
Oh yes, not just in museums. Wherever I go, my first attention is on the frames. That’s one of the biggest changes on me, and my house looks like a museum.
Did you ever frame Roger Rabbit?
A few years back, Disney cels were big in the market and we were framing almost every one of those characters…and also Roger Rabbit.
We teamed up with Mad. Sq. Arts to present Park and Parcels. The opening reception is tomorrow at 5pm in the Gallery at Ace Hotel New York.

New York City

To ready the latest show in the Gallery — Park & Parcel: Watercolors by Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder —we worked with master-framer Yaqub Esmaelsadeh, aka Jacob, the proprietor of Decor Art Gallery.

Born in Kabul, he finished high school in 1979 — precisely three days after the Soviet war began — and promptly left to study medicine in West Germany. Once he graduated from Medical School in Hamburg in 1998, he first visited — and instantaneously fell in love with New York.

After moving to the United States, Esmaelsadah began framing as a part-time job while attending ESL classes in New Paltz. In framing, he found both a career path and an opportunity to express himself creatively. In 1991, he opened the Decor Art Gallery at 337 Park Ave South. He considers himself a pioneer in offering affordable, high quality wood frames.

How has the neighborhood changed since 1991?

I’m one of the few left small businesses in this area. This neighborhood had bad reputation at times but now, it’s one of the most beautiful places in New York. Sometimes I go to Madison Square Park to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

What are some of the more memorable things you’ve framed?

Rifles, Berlin Wall pieces, or a ketubah using the pieces of broken glass from the ceremony…

At a museum, do you ever look at the frames before the art?

Oh yes, not just in museums. Wherever I go, my first attention is on the frames. That’s one of the biggest changes on me, and my house looks like a museum.

Did you ever frame Roger Rabbit?

A few years back, Disney cels were big in the market and we were framing almost every one of those characters…and also Roger Rabbit.

We teamed up with Mad. Sq. Arts to present Park and Parcels. The opening reception is tomorrow at 5pm in the Gallery at Ace Hotel New York.


One of Giuseppe Penone's sculptures rolling in to Madison Square Park this morning in advance of his installation through early 2014. Watch here for more from Mr. Penone and the Mad. Sq. Pk. Conservancy.

One of Giuseppe Penone's sculptures rolling in to Madison Square Park this morning in advance of his installation through early 2014. Watch here for more from Mr. Penone and the Mad. Sq. Pk. Conservancy.


James Ewing’s photographs of this summer’s Echo, the featured public exhibit of Madison Square Park Conservancy by Jaume Plensa, are up in our gallery space at Ace Hotel New York through August 2. Echo itself continues through September 11.
The show was framed by our friends Mac and Joe at Ice Cold Frames.

James Ewing’s photographs of this summer’s Echo, the featured public exhibit of Madison Square Park Conservancy by Jaume Plensa, are up in our gallery space at Ace Hotel New York through August 2. Echo itself continues through September 11.

The show was framed by our friends Mac and Joe at Ice Cold Frames.


Today marks the launch of Madison Square Park Conservancy’s summer public exhibition with Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Echo constitutes Plensa’s NYC public art debut — the 44’ sculpture represents everyday people in the form of the nine year-old daughter of a restauranteur near Plensa’s home in Barcelona, examining the intersection of the human form, language and communication and global citizenship.

You can take your lunch with this tranquil young lady every afternoon through August 14.


If you’re in New York anytime from now through February next year, make sure to visit Madison Square Park to see new media artist Jim Campbell’s Scattered Light. Our friends at Mad Sq Art, who brought you the Antony Gormley Event Horizon exhibition, are behind this magical work of……well, magic.
And, yes, this movie IS trippy.




Photo and video by Jou-Yie Chou, I. M. of M.

If you’re in New York anytime from now through February next year, make sure to visit Madison Square Park to see new media artist Jim Campbell’s Scattered Light. Our friends at Mad Sq Art, who brought you the Antony Gormley Event Horizon exhibition, are behind this magical work of……well, magic.

And, yes, this movie IS trippy.

Photo and video by Jou-Yie Chou, I. M. of M.


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