Racine, WI     March 8, 2013
New Featured Acquisition 
Racine Art Museum
Debuts Jun Kaneko Sculpture 

The Racine Art Museum (RAM) is pleased to debut Jun Kaneko's Untitled Dango #11-09-02, which will remain on display until Sunday, May 5. RAM thanks long-time
supporter, Karen Henrietta Keland, for acquiring this sculpture for the museum's permanent collection.
Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Dango #11-09-02, 2011
Glazed ceramic, 72 x 31 x 23 inches
Photography: Colin Conces
Kaneko is internationally known for his large hand built stoneware sculptures. He calls them Dangos, which is from a Japanese phrase describing a rounded form. Kaneko's
large ceramics provide him with a surface for substantial abstract glaze compositions that are a lively mixture of color and pattern. This work, with its monumental swaths of red-orange intersected by rectangular white segments whose surfaces are "perforated" by black dots, is indicative of his use of contrasting hard-edged painted shapes with
rounded structures.

Kaneko's sculptures deliberately demonstrate the use of the hand as well as a Zen-like respect for chance occurrences in creation. The ceramic surface is not machined smooth. Glazes can drip and run in firing, and, as an example, some of these dots weep a dark blue onto the white background-a natural part of the process.

Kaneko was born in Japan in 1942 and relocated to Los Angeles at age 21 to study art. He has worked in clay for nearly 50 years and is closely associated with this medium.
However, Kaneko is equally adept at working in glass, bronze, and painting on canvas. His work can be found in the collections of over 70 art museums worldwide, and he has been commissioned to create over 50 public art projects. Since 2006, Kaneko has also designed sets for the productions of a number of opera companies. In all of these efforts, he travels seamlessly from one medium to another, creating works that are united by his approach to visual imagery.

Exhibitions are made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, Emile H. Mathis II Estate, in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., and Windgate Charitable Foundation.


RAM at 10 | Growing America's Craft Collection
This year marks the Racine Art Museum's 10th Anniversary in Downtown Racine. Visitors are invited to discover stunning exhibitions that shine a light on RAM's achievements over the past decade and predict an even brighter future.

Together, the two campuses of the Racine Art Museum, RAM in downtown Racine at 441 Main Street and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, seek to elevate the stature of contemporary crafts to that of fine art by exhibiting significant works in craft media with painting, sculpture and photography, while providing outstanding educational art programming.

Docent led contemporary craft and architectural tours of the museums are available. Both campuses of the Racine Art Museum are open to the public Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and are closed Mondays, Federal holidays and Easter. RAM is open Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm, while Wustum is closed Sundays. An admission fee of $5 for adults, with reduced fees for students and seniors, applies at RAM. Admission to Wustum is free. Members are always admitted without charge to either campus.

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