December 04, 2014
February 15, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art has a dynamic collection that continues to grow through the support of generous donors. While this collection forms the foundation for all of the museum's programming, it is only possible to place a small portion of it on display at any one time. This exhibition offers an opportunity for our community to experience the breadth and depth of artworks that have recently entered the museum, many of which have never before been seen by the public.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are several major sculptures, including Roy Lichtenstein’s Woman Contemplating a Yellow Cup, George Segal’s Japanese Couple in a Doorway, Tony Oursler’s mini-video assemblage, Roman à Clef, a rare example of the French sculptor Arman’s notorious and groundbreaking Wastepaper Baskets, works by the modernists Max Bill, Edward Brownlee, and François Stahly, and Enlightenment by Hashimoto Chōshū, which was included in the 11th annual government-sponsored Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Teiten) in 1930.
Paintings and drawings from a wide variety of cultures and periods are represented through an early work by San Francisco Bay Area artist Frank Lobdell, two works by Los Angeles master of minimal abstraction Karl Benjamin, a canvas by Washington Color School artist Howard Mehring, a recent work by British painter Tim Bavington, Fritz Abplanalp’s original drawings for his carved perfume bottles for S. & G. Gump Co., screens and hanging scrolls by such prominent Japanese literati artists as Shōkadō Shōjō, Kishi Ganku, Nakabayashi Chikkei and Tanomura Chokunyū, and several examples of 19th-century Japanese and Chinese genre paintings of beauties.
Prints and photography in the exhibition include works by such artists as Mickalene Thomas, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, William Wegman, Adam Fuss, Michael Kenna, Andy Warhol, Albrecht Dürer, James Ensor, Odilon Redon, and selections from a large group of Japanese modern prints given by Philip H. Roach, Jr., who has donated nearly 2,000 artworks to the museum.
Textiles and decorative arts include a winter dried seal gut parka from the Aleutian Islands, an uchikake with calligraphy by the contemporary Japanese artist Okayasu Chihiro, examples of Taishō-period Japanese silver, and an Indian gem-encrusted bazu armband donated by Indru and Gulab Watumull in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary.