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REUBEN TAM EXHIBIT A very special exhibit, REUBEN TAM: EARLY AND NEW LANDSCAPES will open on Thursday, April w, 1987 from 5 PM until 7 PM. Kaua'i born, and returning after living in Maine and New York City for 40 years, Reuben now continues to paint and write at his home in Kapa'a. Tam's life long interest in painting has been motivated by land, sea and sky; the geologic rise and fall of land masses and by light and weather. The New York Times has been quoted as saying: "This is some of the most powerful and poetic painting of the day". Tam's paintings are represented in more than 40 museum collections nationwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian Institute. He has held 35 one man exhibitions nationwide and won such prestigious awards as the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship and the First National Prize in the Golden Gate Exposition in 1940 for the painting entitled: Koko Crater, 1939, which was purchased by International Business Machines Corporation at that time. Following more than two years of negotiations with a Honolulu art collector, Koko Crater has now become a permanent part of the collections at Kaua'i Museum. This important work represents the beginning of Tam's brilliant career, and will be included in the exhibit.