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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2001

Critic's Choice

Mini-reviews of current exhibits, by Advertiser art critic Virginia Wageman

A Printmaker in Paradise: The Life and Art of Charles W. Bartlett (Honolulu Academy of Arts, through Jan. 6, 532-8700): A master of the Japanese style of ukiyo-e printmaking, Bartlett lived in Honolulu from 1917 until his death 23 years later. He was instrumental in founding the Honolulu Printmakers organization. This important survey of his career includes the prints by which he is best known, as well as paintings and watercolors.

Remains of a Rainbow (Honolulu Academy of Arts, through Dec. 30, 532-8700): Incredible photos of Hawai'i's endangered plants and animals by the acclaimed photographic team of David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton. They spent five years documenting rare species in intimate and dramatic close-ups.

Pay Attention: I Hope You Learned Your Lesson (The Contemporary Museum, through Jan. 6, 526-1322): Contemporary artworks belonging to the late Laila Twigg-Smith reflect the collector's distinctive taste — quirky and idiosyncratic but always with a discerning eye and always on the cutting edge. Among the artists represented are Jennifer Bartlett, Jonathan Borofsky, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Jenny Holzer, Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray and William Wegman.