Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gardiner Museum

The Gardiner Museum is located directly across from the Royal Ontario Museum on Queen's Park and is dedicated exclusively to the exhibition of ceramics. They currently have a show running on the mid-century Canadian architect Ron Thom and how his appreciation of ceramics was essential to his design aesthetic. Thom is most well known here for his design of Massey College at U of Toronto (which I will show you tomorrow) and for Trent University in Peterborough Ontario. The wonderful ceramic head out front of the museum is by Japanese artist Jun Kaneko who has lived in the USA since the 60s. This 6 ft tall piece was purchased by the Gardiner as part of its 30th Anniversary celebrations and was installed last September. I love it!
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click here for more signs.

30 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Oh wow, looks like I'm the first in today :-) to say that it's a gorgeous zebra head, lovely with the blue sky and the movement of the woman walking up! That guy is talented!

Luis Gomez said...

Wonderful! Would love to check it out.

Sharon Anck said...

I recognized this work right away. There is a piece in front of the Phoenix Art Museum by the same artist. I think I've posted a photo of it in the past but I couldn't find it when I did a quick search. I love ceramic art so this would really appeal to me.

TexWisGirl said...

that head sure grabs your attention!

Halcyon said...

I like that new installation outside. It's very striking.

llandudnopictures said...

Great looking exhibit, very striking!

Virginia said...

Oh I love that piece. Lucky you getting to see this.
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Marleen said...

Eye catching, I would love to go there.

Taken For Granted said...

There are a number of pieces of Jun Keneko's work displayed in Omaha, Nebraska. Always liked his ceramics.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is an amazing sculpture. I like it very much.

Lowell said...

That's a very interesting and attractive modern building. Thanks for the heads-up!

Deb said...

Great sculpture, and ceramic heads do not need ear warmers like human ones do!

VioletSky said...

I actually had plans to meet up with some friends and see this exhibit - today. Sigh.

Andy said...

The Zebra head is very impressive.

William Kendall said...

The sculpture's fascinating!

I passed by the Gardiner in December, but I've never been inside.

LONDONLULU said...

The head is a showstopper! I'm fascinated now to learn more of this artist, thanks:)

bettyl-NZ said...

How different this piece is!

Lynette Killam said...

Great sign, and wonderful head! You have to love things big and bold...:)

Jack said...

Like so many of those who preceded me, the head is the thing that attracts me. Unlike many, I don't think I have seen one before.

Randy said...

Now that is an exhibit I would love to see. Like the head too.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Would love to see the exhibit!

~Lindy

Jim said...

Cool artwork.

Birdman said...

The Gardiner Museum in Boston is a pretty cool place to hang for a day too.

Weekend-Windup said...

Face like statue looks different. I have not see like this before!

José Mendonça said...

Love that head!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Lucky you that the museum purchased the head. We had a Kaneko visit us, but not permanently. Love this one.

PerthDailyPhoto said...
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PerthDailyPhoto said...

Me too Pat, very striking sculpture. Perfect for the museum front. Would love to see more of Thom's work.

Laura. M said...

I like that big head, Pat.

EG CameraGirl said...

Another place I haven't visited for years! And I have really enjoyed my times there too.