Jun Kaneko Sculpture at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens
MAY 28 – NOVEMBER 22, 2015
Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, handbuilt sculptures. His work is featured in over seventy museum collections and thousands of private collections around the world. Kaneko has also designed and completed over fifty public ar t installations in the United States, Canada, China,and Japan. Twenty-four of Kaneko’s large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures will be placed throughout the Dixon gardens, the most ambitious outdoor sculpture installation in Dixon history.
Kaneko has been a pioneer in pushing the limits of scale in ceramic media. In 1996, he wrote, “If everything in the world was the same size, we probably would not need an idea of scale. Nothing exists by itself. Everything is influenced by other things next to it or close by or the environment which the object is in.” By creating both intimate and monumental ceramic sculpture, Kaneko challenges preconceived notions in both size, context, and composition.These hand-built and hand-glazed monolithic sculptures are colorful, approachable, and visually interactive. His massive“Dangos” (meaning “rounded form” in Japanese), whimsical“Tanukis” (also known as Raccoon Dogs in Japanese folklore),and his large Head sculptures (in both bronze and ceramic),are all breathtaking monuments that seamlessly balance a Zen-like abstraction with a defined physicality.
We invite you to interact with these monumental sculptures throughout three seasons of change in the gardens. Along with ongoing programs and events, a map will guide visitors to each sculpture, creating an experience that allows adults and children alike to discover the beauty of all seventeen acres of the Dixon Gardens through Kaneko’s sculpture.
Jun Kaneko: Sculpture at the Dixon Gallery and Garden catalog is available at the Dixon admission booth. Please call (901) 761-5250 to order a book to be shipped in the U.S.
View our Jun Kaneko Scavenger Hunt
Scenic Impressions: Southern
Interpretations from the Johnson Collection
1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Johnson Collection is a private art collection based in Spartanburg, South
Carolina that boasts an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American
South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. This unique
collection illuminates the rich history and diverse cultures of the region. Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations
from the Johnson Collection will highlight the influence of the
Impressionist movement on art in the American South through landscapes and
genre scenes created between 1880 and 1940.
Hattie Saussy (1890-1978), Path with Mossy Trees,
ca. 1935; Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite, 18 x 26 inches; The Johnson
Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina
My Own Places: Paintings and Prints by Martha Kelly
November 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Memphis native Martha Kelly is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator whose work celebrates the Southern landscape, particularly Memphis and the Mid-South. Kelly’s paintings of open fields, spreading skies, and dominating oaks are created with large, flat planes of color with special attention to shadow and light. Her vibrant palette and restrained brushwork are echoed in her woodblock and linoleum block prints, which are punctuated by pops of bright color. All of Kelly’s work begins with sketches completed en plein air, and contain an implicit call not only to revel in the landscape around us, but to preserve it as well.
Martha Kelly, Sentinel, 2015 Linoleum block print on paper, 14 x 22 inches; Courtesy of the artist.
Painting American Progress: Selections from the Kattner Collection and More
On view in the Brinkley, Phillips, and Willmott
Galleries and the Dixon Residence
November 1, 2015 – April 3, 2016
More than sixty paintings and pastels from the Dixon’s permanent
collection traveled to Utica, New York as the exhibition Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism, which closes
November 29 at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute. The overwhelming
popularity of Monet to Matisse has kept
our permanent collection in high demand across the country. In fact, in the past five years our permanent
collection has traveled to seven different venues—receiving enthusiastic
reviews and record numbers of visitors at each one. Now, it is time for some
beauty rest! All of the works will undergo a conservation assessment when they
return to the Dixon. During that time, some will receive a bit of T.L.C. as they
prepare to go back on view to celebrate the Dixon’s fortieth anniversary in the
The Nina and Keith Kattner Collection of American paintings,
on long-term loan to the Dixon, offer incredible examples of American art.
Majestic landscapes from Hudson River School artists William Sonntag, John
Frederick Kensett, and Alfred Bricher and the luminous, moody works of Ralph A.
Blakelock, provide an extensive back-story to the impressionist-inspired styles
on view in Scenic Impressions. The
works on view chart American art’s progression towards Modernism from the
Hudson River School to Blakelock’s emotive canvases and the works of his
Tonalist contemporaries. A survey of American painting of the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries, the Kattner Collection provides an in-depth look at the
development of American painting.
A selection of American paintings from the Dixon’s permanent
collection will also be on view in the galleries, complementing the Southern
Impressionist paintings on view in Scenic
Alfred T. Bricher (American,1837- 1908), The
Cliffs at Nahant, ca. 1885; Oil on canvas, 27 x 50 inches; Collection
of Dr. and Mrs. Keith Kattner
On view in the Catmur Foyer
November 1, 2015 – April 3, 2016
Herbert has long been a vital member of the Memphis art scene. He received a BA
from Rhodes College and a MFA from the University of Memphis, and has taught
art at Memphis University School, Memphis College of Art, the University of
Memphis, and Rhodes College. After living and working in New York throughout
the 1980s, in 1992, Herbert returned to Memphis. He imported the
New York trend of converting unused industrial spaces into art-making
facilities and founded Marshall Arts, a studio space for local, national, and
international artists in the Edge district of Downtown Memphis.
synthesis of Memphis and New York influences plays out in the rhythm and color
of his energetic, abstract paintings. His canvases are a manifestation of the musical
compositions that inspire them, pulsing with expression and tempered with
Image: PINKNEY HERBERT, Jack, 2014, oil and digital print on canvas. Courtesy of David Lusk Gallery