Art deco examples distort Hawaiian culture, history
By David A.M. Goldberg
July 20, 2014
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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.