Saturday, April 17, 2010

Long unseen treasures on view at the Honolulu Academy of Arts

There's always something to pique your interest at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  Set aside a morning or afternoon to leisurely stroll through the galleries to enjoy what's on display and end with a snack or lunch at the Cafe.  Here's what's featured now.

Through May 9, 2010
Graphic Cabinet 5: Private and Public Devotion in Medieval Europe
The Honolulu Academy of Arts has a modest yet rich selection of medieval illuminated manuscripts and stained glass and presented is a series of focused exhibitions showcasing highlights from the Academy’s vast and significant collection of work on paper.

Through May 2, 2010
From Whistler to Warhol: Modernism on Paper
Gallery 28: Henry R. Luce Gallery
In an unprecedented move, the Academy presents a major exhibition of 100 masterworks from their modernist holdings, including a number of unpublished and rarely exhibited examples, as well as a selection of important recent acquisitions.

Beginning with the American painter-printmaker James McNeill Whistler, the exhibition traces the history of modernism on paper to show how this medium proved supremely adaptable to the avant-garde spirit of experimentation. On view will be works by Whistler, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Emile Nolde, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, John Marin, Joseph Stella, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Thomas Hart Benton, Tatanya Grossman, June Wayne, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella.

Through June 27, 2010
Masterpieces from the Richard Lane Collection
Gallery 14
This exhibition presents more than 30 masterpieces of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese painting and a group of Japanese woodblock prints from the Academy’s recently acquired Richard Lane Collection. Included in the show will be one of the earliest paintings so far discovered in the Lane Collection—a Chinese hanging scroll in ink on silk of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, painted by a Chan (Zen) monk in ca. 1280 A.D. (Yuan dynasty).

May 20 to October 10, 2010
Men in Lace
Gallery 22
The Academy’s incredible textile collection includes more than 300 pieces of European lace, starting with three 16th-century Italian laces. In the 18th century, the demand for very fine lace increased enormously, especially in France. Lace was the perfect accessory in this period of frivolous, rich, precious, and refined living. Sought by kings and courtiers, the aristocracy and the clergy, lace became a symbol of wealth and was omnipresent in the lives of affluent families.

May 20–September 12, 2010
HAA Graphic Cabinet 6: William Blake’s Illustrations to the Book of Job
Gallery 9
This exhibition will present William Blake’s important series of 22 engravings, Illustrations to the Book of Job. A poet, painter, and printmaker of extraordinary vision, Blake is renowned for the mystical complexity and political subtlety of his work, as well as for the intricate relationships he consistently establishes between the images he creates and the texts on which they are based.

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