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Art deco examples distort Hawaiian culture, history

  • COLLECTION MATSON
    Eugene Savage’s painting “Hawaii’s Decisive Hour,” though admirable and innovative from a technical and aesthetic standpoint, is an example of “the commercial exploitation and distortion of Hawaiian culture,” according to art critic David A.M. Goldberg.
  • COLLECTION MICHAEL AND LINDA HORIKAWA
    The show features an amazing collection of white women surfing. Gene Pressler’s “Surfer Girl” stands out because the model is clearly not a surfer and all of her accessories come from non-Hawaiian cultures. In one frame she appropriates lion’s teeth, a grass skirt and gold bracelets.

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