Honolulu’s most respected fine art and antique dealer, Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery, will close after this Sunday. An artist himself, Buntin developed contacts in Asia and the Pacific and through the late 1980s and 1990s. The gallery was well known on the international circuit of antique art fairs. Now, a new phase is about to begin.
There are shifts underway in Hawai‘i’s art scene, both in Honolulu and on the neighbor islands. As part of a series charting our arts infrastructure, HPR is checking in with key players. Today, a visit to the East- West Center Gallery, whose curator is leaving after fifteen years.
Final interviews are wrapping up today for the next director of the Honolulu Museum of Art. But that’s just part of the change underway in the infrastructure of Hawaii’s art world. In the UH system, there are new gallery directors at KCC and on the Mānoa campus. There are changes too, at the State Art Museum, HiSAM, and at the State Foundation.
Hawai‘i’s artists, designers, and makers are being invited to pitch ideas for a new community art center in the City’s Chinatown Gateway Plaza. Several key Honolulu arts organizations have secured a trial space for a pop up this Saturday, then for two and a half months. If all goes well, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, a vibrant art center could make it easy for Honolulu’s business people to get creative.
In 2017, Sean O’Harrow fondly recalled formative years at the old Art Academy, as he threw himself into implementing change as the Honolulu Museum of Art’s first Hawai‘i-born Director. Just over two years later, many are surprised that O’Harrow is leaving. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.
Now that it’s the time of year for special gifts, lovers of fine craft and locally made art are wondering what has become of Nohea Gallery, formerly in Ward Warehouse. Far from fading away, Nohea moved into the Hyatt Regency, and now, Nohea Gallery has opened a flagship store in Kāhala Mall. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports they’ve been connecting artists and art lovers for the past 28 years.
Now that everyone can order anything they want online, getting that special gift for those few meaningful people can actually be more fun. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there are surprising options you’ll enjoy perusing in O‘ahu’s art galleries, including in Kailua and Hale‘iwa.
Filmmaker, writer, Johan Grimonprez comes at you in different ways to create an experience. By combining found footage, familiar movie clips, newsreels, and other material, he asks questions about the effects of media on historical memory.
The UH Mānoa Art Gallery is showing a heartening collection of new work by its Bachelor of Fine Arts graduates in graphic design and studio art. Fun ideas in a range of materials make these shows a must, along with closing festivities for the Honolulu Biennial.
China’s slowing economy has raised concerns about everything from tourists visiting Hawai‘i to economic growth in Australia. And now there’s another impact: on the global art market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
A little over a year ago, 249 artists from all over Hawai‘i submitted portfolios hoping to be included in the Honolulu Museum’s Artists of Hawai‘I exhibition. Eight artists were chosen, and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the show, now on view.
Artists of Hawai‘i continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through October 25th. Artists featured in the exhibition will gather for an informal discussion in the Doris Duke Theatre August 11, 6pm.
Cathy Kata (Papua New Guinea), Mbu Walg Kupun II, c. 2009 plant fiber, jute fiber, paper mulberry bark, wood, seed, shell, feather, boar tusk, possum bone, plastic, natural dyeCredit noe tanigawaEdit | Remove