The chorus of violins weep and cry in the first stanza of Lana Del Rey's new single Honeymoon. Within seconds, I am reminded of Jerry Goldsmith's unforgettable score from Roman Polanski's Chinatown and I was overwhelmed by nostalgia.
I am laying my money down. The Honolulu Biennial is going to be a huge success and a great boon to the state. The well-established concept has all of the right elements of innovation, location and brilliance for international art world support, a universe I know much about, hence my bet.
On June 14, 1925, a chubasco, an unexpected swift and violent squall, came barreling through Southern California, specifically Newport Beach. A chubasco is a very intemperate storm, shocking in its violence and strength.
The beauty of the panoramic view can only be described in elaborate poetic terms, a task I will leave to others. High in the hills above Honolulu, a short walk onto a vast lawn will present a beautiful view of Diamond Head.
His talent is unbelievable and incredible and worthy of our rapt attention. Not only is his technical skill exemplary, his interests and ideas are smart, fascinating, entertaining and with varying degrees of humor. He is a quiet warrior.
The art world is a swiftly flowing river. The currents shove every artist along, indiscriminately, at a fast clip. A few pass by twice while most flow through only once. Sometimes, an artist can get lodged along the riverbank, snagged onto a hold. Sometimes that "new land" grows into a promontory.
A few heads bobbed in agreement. This meeting was like all of the monthly breakfast meetings of the Greater Hawai'i Economic Think Tank And Drinking Society. Brilliant business ideas were flung into the air like clay pigeons, only to be shotgunned down in small pieces.
The familiar Googie-styled "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign is iconic and instantly recognizable. The designer Betty Willis has recently passed away.The Welcome sign was installed in 1959 where it has been welcoming Hawaii people ever since.
Victoria Looseleaf is an LA icon. She is and always has been a whirling dervish, part smart dance critic and part madcap doyenne. She is an award-winning arts journalist whose bright sparks explode into fireworks.
Mauna Kea is indeed sacred and a monument to the spiritual reverence and belief system of a people. These values and ideals are clearly alive. This conscience can be found in most cultures and world religions. The integrity of Mauna Kea is universal.
Carolyn and Mark Blackburn recently hosted a swank soiree in the lush Garden Courtyard of the Halekulani. Ostensibly, the event promised an Asian Art lecture (and sales pitch) by Bonhams auction house.
"Ladies and Gentlemen!" The orchestra rose to their feet as the last of their bold notes danced off the curved walls and undulated ceiling of the concert hall. "Ladies and gentlemen!" exclaimed Stuart Chafetz with a showman's bravado.
In Los Angeles, artist Malakai was bopping through Facebook. His parents know him as Daniel Cabrera but the street knows him as Malakai. He saw a post that David Beebe had taken a position as Vice President of Creative and Content Marketing for Marriott International. Cool. Malakai knows that guy.
Content Marketing demands great skill and subtlety. I am grateful when Pillsbury offers me a new recipe, but helpful tips on cleaning the bowl are too much. Like a progressive parent hovering over their only child, Content Marketing is a delicate balance of good advice and harassment.
Authors tend to believe that their work has the potential to redefine literature and become a bestseller. This blinder will see a book to conclusion, but it will not aid the marketing and merchandising process. When presentation is everything, objectivity must be the transcendent mantra.
The Honolulu Biennial arrives a time when global art sales climb a record peak of over $66 billion dollars. A biennial is an international art exhibition that appears every two years. The work is contemporary, an expression of the here and now.