reviews

  • Dorothy Saxon Wenger

    The Gallery

    Mrs. Wenger lacks both the conviction and the gesture of Abstract-Expressionism, the style she attempts in her first Island one-man show. She works best from an object; a painting of a hoary, lifeless, black-and-white tree skeleton is the one moving work in the show. Her “abstracts” are colorful, decorative and uninteresting.

    —Joanna Shaw Eagle

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  • Gordon Rice

    Galerie Lamoi

    Rice recently received his M.F.A. from the University of Hawaii; half of the present show is comprised of his “thesis” display at the U. last month. Eight more have been added for this exhibit in Honolulu’s newest gallery.

    Rice depicts the joyous, sun-drenched world of nature that so delighted Monet and Matisse. Most of the works are recognizable as landscapes, although it is the sensuousness of pigment and gesture that is the real subject here. Although light is not actually defined the paintings seem flooded with sunshine. They are happy, halcyon. This kind of painting is all very pleasant,

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  • IGAS Prints, I and II

    Honolulu Academy of Arts

    One of the dullest shows to hit this Isle community in a long time is a selection of prints by International Graphic Arts Society of New York members. Touted by the local museum as “highly successful in Japan” (from where the exhibition’s returning), the prints are a potpourri of conservative Cubism, Surrealism, Primitivism and Expressionism. Nowhere is the excitement of experimentation of print techniques evident (as recently discussed in an article on Los Angeles’ Talierand Workshop, Art News, Jan. ’62).

    The problems of an Island art museum are many, and perhaps the most acute is obtaining

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  • Dennis Oppenheim, H. Okino and M. M. Yamashita

    George Hall, University of Hawaii

    This is a show that attempts to be “way out” and which succeeds—in part. Seven students organized the exhibit with only a “rough defining of limits” by three faculty members. Most of the work was done out of class.

    Despite the department’s labeling the showing as “representing only one very small aspect of the program of the art department,” the art faculty is to be congratulated for its courage in mounting the show at this particular time. It will be up through August and the many summer school students who flock to the University (mainly to take surfing and ukulele for credit) will see this as

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  • Art Exhibition

    50th State Fair

    Demonstrating the provincialism still evident in much of the Islands’ art thinking was the decision to divide this year’s Fair art display into a “realist” and “abstract” division. The ostensible reason for this was to avoid the “controversy” following Honolulu’s last large juried show, the Easter Art Festival at Ala Moana Shopping Center this spring. Stiff jurying had whittled down the Festival to approximately 250 works. Result: it was one of the best shows ever put on in the Wands.

    Several disgruntled artists, however, tired of repeated rejects, attempted to mount their own “reject” show,

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  • Isami Doi

    Waioli Chirch, Hanalei, Kauai

    Although art in Hawaii is mainly centered in Honolulu, groups on the neighbor islands are also active. The Hanalei Art Festival, first to be held on Kauai is an important step for that island. Many artists there feel Kauai has great potential as an artists colony, and are trying to develop it as such. The exhibit was especially successful and included amateurs as well as such well-known Island artists as Isami Doi (Doi has a one-man showing at The Gallery this month, August).

    —Joanna Shaw Eagle

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