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Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato
Honolulu Museum of Art-Raymond M. Sato

A new Abstract Expressionist exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art is highlighting connections between Hawai‘i artists of the 1950-s and ‘60’s and their brash counterparts in New York.  The storied “Chateau Metcalf” cadre of local artists experienced America’s mid-century avant garde, then went on to shape Hawai‘i’s art and esthetics.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

University of Iowa
University of Iowa

In the 1940’s and 50’s, America’s audacious painters veered away from depicting the world as it looks, opting instead for interior worlds, or simple records of their actions.  Abstract Expressionism was the first truly American modern art movement, and it was a huge psychological leap away from anything before it.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports a new show at the Honolulu Museum of Art shows Hawai‘i’s contribution to this world wide movement. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  

  American painting first burst onto the world art scene in the 1950’s with energetic abstract paintings by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and others.  They were followed by a generation of painters who toyed with irony, pop culture, and consumerism into the 2000’s.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a show at the UH Art Gallery that heralds a rebirth of abstraction.

noe tanigawa

 

  

   It’s hard not to notice Abstract magazine when it appears, free, in your favorite café, bar or gallery---the quarterly magazine is so unique in look and feel.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s because people took them, which is what they’re supposed to do.  In our ongoing series on alternative media in Hawai’i, today, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a look at Abstract magazine.     

Abstract and Kumu Kahua will team up with Bamboo Ridge for a community writing project in the Bamboo Ridge tent at the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival this weekend.