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

Among the most acclaimed artists workingin contemporary ceramics today, Jun Kaneko has spent decades pushing the boundaries of ceramics, sculpture, and 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, representing feats of innovative engineering in and of themselves. 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 Linesis 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®.

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

Showcasing Kent, Ohio and the surrounding Northeastern Ohio Region.

Akron Art Museum
February 17 – June 3, 2018

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

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 2009, acrylic on canvas
114 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography by Takashi Hatakeyama

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines

Jun Kaneko: Blurred LinesOpening Party
Friday, February 16, 2018 • 6 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.


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.