April 2, 2018

Media contacts:

Lesa Griffith

Tel: 808-532-8712

Wendy McClain, McClain's Auctions
Tel: 808-782-9922


Includes work by Jean Charlot, Toshiko Takaezu, Reuben Tam
Includes work by nationally known artists Ellsworth Kelly and Lizbeth Stewart
Works are from the James Jensen Estate and the MacNaughton Collection
Proceeds benefit the Honolulu Museum of Art

WHAT: Auction of art from the James Jensen Estate and the MacNaughton Collection and Book Sale
Art auction: April 7, 2018, 10 a.m. Preview April 4-6, noon-6 p.m.; April 7, 8-10 a.m. 
Book sale: April 4-6, noon-6 p.m.; cash only
WHERE: McClain's Auction, 780 S. Beretania St.
INFO: 808-782-9922, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The Honolulu Museum of Art has consigned to local auctioneer McClain’s Auctions works donated to the museum for purposes of sale. The public auction will be held Saturday, April 7. The more than 200 items include works by Hawai‘i artists as well as nationally known artists. Several hundred art books will also be for sale.

Works being donated to the museum for purposes of sale come from the private collection of Dawn and Duncan MacNaughton and the Estate of James Jensen, the museum’s former curator of contemporary art who passed away in 2017. Works include sculptures, paintings, ceramics, drawings, prints, and photographs. Proceeds from the works donated for purposes of sale will go to the museum’s general operating fund.

Highlights of the MacNaughton Collection include a sculpture by Lizbeth Stewart, a portfolio of Brett Weston photographs, a woodcut by Susan Rothenberg, and several ceramic works by well-known Hawai‘i artists such as May Chee and Lucille Cooper. 

Jensen had amassed a substantial personal collection of artwork and books. The museum is acquiring many works from the Jensen Collection as well as offering important works for sale to the public. The majority of pieces date from the latter half of the 20th century, however, works from the 19th and early 20th centuries are also represented. Selected pieces include a print by Pat Steir; a print by Ellsworth Kelly; a print by William T. Wiley; a drawing by Jean Charlot; a photograph by Barbara Ess; a group of works by Kathy Muehlemann; and ceramics by Anthony Brown, Stephen Freedman, Victor Kobayashi, Don Reitz, and Toshiko Takaezu.

The sale of art books—from the Jensen Collection and the museum’s library—starts on April 4. Interested buyers can browse shelves of books, exhibition catalogs, monographs and other art-related publications before and during the art auction. Book purchases are cash only.


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