Untitled, Dango, 2010

Jun Kaneko, Yutaka, 2010, glazed ceramic, 84 x 28 1/2 x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Dirk Bakker

Untitled, 2003

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, 2003, sumi ink, oil stick on Korean rice paper, 66 x 55 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Untitled, Painting 2009

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Painting, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 114 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Takashi Hatakeyama

Untitled, Heads, 2013

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Heads, 2013, hand built and glazed ceramics, Left 103 x 55 x 48 in. Right 104 x 59 x 48 in. Collection of John Novak. Photography by Colin Conces

Untitled, 1995

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, 1995, oil stick on paper, 44 x 64 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Splitting Red, 1996

Jun Kaneko, Splitting Red, 1996, 60 x 46 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Untitled, 2016

Jun Kaneko, Parallel Sound Yellow, 1981, machine-made glazed ceramic bars, 84 x 144 x 72 in., produced at Otsuka Ceramics Factory, Shigaraki Japan, © Jun Kaneko Studio L.L.C.

Untitled, Painting, 1998

Jun Kaneko, Bouquet, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 66 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines

February 17, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines
Opening Reception
February 16, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Be the first to experience the groundbreaking, monumental works of internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko at the Akron Art Museum. Chosen for their powerful yet contemplative presence, many works featured in Blurred Lines are drawn from the artist’s private collection and represent transformational moments in his career. See how Kaneko pushes the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture and painting, all the while melding influences from the East and West.

  • Director's Circle Preview (by invitation only) at 5:00 pm
  • Members-Only Preview at 6:30 pm
  • Exhibition open to all at 7:00 pm.

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Among the most acclaimed artists working in contemporary ceramics today, Jun Kaneko has spent decades pushing the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture, painting, repeatedly blurring the lines that have traditionally separated the world of fine art and craft. Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, opening February 17, 2018, presents an impressive array of the artist’s monumental works while providing insight into his thinking and artistic process. Blurred Lines features Kaneko’s signature ceramic “dangos,” drawings, paintings, several large-scale ceramic heads, and a site-specific installation of his 65-foot long painting, Mirage. The exhibition features atypical works by Kaneko that highlight the artist's ability to create monumental monochromatic sculptures that define space and volume. These works were chosen for their powerful yet contemplative presence.

Informed by early experiences in a Zen Garden at Ryōan-ji, Kaneko’s work contains ongoing references to rhythm and pattern and sound and silence. His artworks are often covered with stripes, simple geometric shapes, and spirals and dots, suggesting themes of light and darkness, mass and space, and present and past. Central to Kaneko’s artistic exploration is a sense of play and experimentation, which drives his restless creativity. His large-scale hand-built ceramic sculptures—both dangos and heads—often exceed seven feet in height and weigh thousands of pounds. Many of the works in Blurred Lines are drawn from the artist's private collection and represent transformational works in his over 50-year career.

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funds from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Media sponsorship by ideastream®.
 

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Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines Opening Reception

February 16, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Join us for the first look at the groundbreaking, rule-breaking monumental works of internationally renowned ceramics artist Jun Kaneko. 

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines Opening Reception

February 16, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Be the first to experience the groundbreaking, monumental works of internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko at the Akron Art Museum. Chosen for their powerful yet contemplative presence, many works featured in Blurred Lines are drawn from the artist’s private collection and represent transformational moments in his career. See how Kaneko pushes the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture and painting, all the while melding influences from the East and West. Find out more about Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines.

Director's Circle Preview (by invitation only) at 5:00 pm

Members-Only Preview at 6:30 pm

Exhibition open to all at 7:00 pm.

Museum members receive special offers and discounts throughout the night. Not a member? Join Today!

image: Jun Kaneko, Mirage (detail), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 108 x 792 x 30 in, courtesy of the artist. Photography by Takashi Hatakeyama

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