Contempo 2011 underway

April 15th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Todd Murphy’s “Untitled (Berry Dress), 2009, a digital C-print.

Neiman Marcus and the Friends of the Contemporary Museum hosted “Contemporarities,” a preview exhibition and art sale April 5, with works of art spread throughout the store, with sales benefiting the museum.

The event is held in advance of the museum’s ConTempo event taking place tomorrow night at the Waikiki Edition.

Although there was no theme to the exhibition, maybe the idea that the works would be displayed at NM had some of the artists thinking about fashion. I spotted a few that called attention to items of dress.

Color lithographs of “The Last Dynasty: Empress,” 2009, by Hung Liu.

From left, Barbara Ching, with artist Deborah Nehmad and Kitty Wo, in front of “Morning,” 1999, a work of metal, paint and nails on wood by Robert Kobayashi, a Hawaii artist who made his career in New York.

I loved this piece by Jane Hammond, entitled “Loose Tapestry of Daily Life (Scissors),” 2011, with sumi ink and silver leaf on assorted archival papers. It was priced at $10,000, unframed. There’s so much going on in this piece, I could have stared at it forever. Some details, below:

Contempo 2011 chairman Cherye Pierce with her portrait by Allyn Bromley.

This bronze trio of a “Chimp,” “Hippo” and “Hare,” sold quickly at $1,000 each, at a little larger than palm size.

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