Escape from the Vault: A Few Great Paintings and Sculptures

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    Robert Motherwell, American, 1915-1991. Untitled, 1963. Oil on canvas. gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchase with funds from the Persis Corporation and gift of the Dedalus Foundation, 1997 (1997.1). Art © Dedalus Foundation, inc./Licen

October 20, 2011 - January 29, 2012
TCM/Spalding House

Exhibition Overview

The museum breaks out the cream of the contemporary collection—a selection of the most important paintings and sculptures
that have not been on view for years (and in one case, has never been on view until now). Among the works are Minimalist masterpieces such as a Cor-Ten steel and Plexiglas “stack” by Donald Judd; a large untitled gestural work by Robert Motherwell from his Beside the Sea body of works, a quintessential example of Abstract Expressionist art; and two canvases by Sam Francis that illustrate two periods of his work, Black and Red (1950-53) from his so-called “cell” paintings and an untitled work (1968) from his Edge Series.

Don’t miss these works before they go back into the vaults.

Gallery Talk with Curator of Contemporary Art Jay Jensen
Saturday, Nov 19, 10:30am

Join Honolulu Academy of Arts Curator of Contemporary Art Jay Jensen as he speaks about the works in Escape from the Vault: A Few Great Paintings and Sculptures.

Free with museum admission. RSVP to, 237-5230.