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Out of the Box

This summer Omaha will be the envy of the art world as Outside Kaneko opens at Lauritzen Gardens

Photography courtesy of KANEKO, Takashi Hatakeyama and Dirk Bakker

Photography courtesy of KANEKO, Takashi Hatakeyama and Dirk Bakker

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April 29 through September 15, 2011

A common thread is woven through many of Jun Kaneko’s major public works – at least the ones that are most easily accessible to us here on the prairie. Just visit the Holland Performing Arts Center, the Mid-America Center or travel to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall convention center and the theme repeats; all evoke images of the most organic of works set against what may be considered decidedly un-organic backdrops.

Venture further — and back in time — to New York City’s Park Avenue for Kaneko’s temporary 2008 installation of a group of head-turners from the Head series, and even the landscaped median of Park Avenue could do only so much in terms of offering a natural canvas when Gotham’s columns of cold steel, concrete and glass dwarfed the greenery with its palette of monotone grays.

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