R&D: Ex-Libris - Polynesia
The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn Collection of Polynesian Art

Date: February 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: R&D, 691 Auahi Street
Free, no RSVP

The visual arts of Polynesia offer a richly diverse and relatively little known body of work, covering an enormous geographical area yet linked by shared artistic conventions. The collection of Mark and Carolyn Blackburn, one of the greatest private collections of Polynesian art in the world, encompasses this broad field of artistic endeavor. It features both ceremonial and functional traditional forms in diverse media, from delicate ivory ornaments and decorated barkcloth to formidable weaponry and imposing sculpture in coral, wood, and stone.

Mark Blackburn is a senior certified appraiser and has been buying, selling, and appraising collectibles for more than 30 years. Mark brings his experience appraising for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Honolulu’s Bishop Museum to the items in the Mauna Kea Galleries Collection (2005 S. King Street, Honolulu). Founded with his wife Carolyn Blackburn in 1995, and the company remains one of the nation’s pre-eminent sources for Hawaiian collectibles. Mark is the author of Hawaiiana: The Best of Hawaiian Design, Tattoos From Paradise, Hula Girls and Surfer Boys, Hula Heaven: The Queen’s Album and Surf’s Up.