Evansville Museum Announces Woven Wonders: Contemporary Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Bradley and Jacqueline Gordon

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science presents Woven Wonders: Contemporary Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Bradley and Jacqueline Gordon, on view August 28 – November 27.

For over three decades, Bradley Gordon has been interested in the arts of Japan. Now retired from the bio-tech industry and living in California, Gordon traveled regularly to Japan through the 1980s and 1990s on business. While working in Japan, he developed a great respect and affection for its people, their culture and their varied art forms.

In 2003, after relocating to New York for a new job, he visited the Asian International Art Show and was introduced to the work of Japanese bamboo artists through an exhibition by the Tai Gallery. In the ensuing eight years, he has collected over fifty contemporary baskets made by leading Japanese artists whose artistic expression and technical mastery have created both functional and abstract constructions in bamboo.

Guided in their collecting by their good friends and mentors, the husband and wife team of Rob Coffland and Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, co-owners of the Tai Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Brad and Jacqui Gordon share an unbounded love of the art form and its dedicated and daring artists.

Mr. Gordon will present a lecture about his collection on Sunday, August 28 at the Museum during a Champagne Brunch. In his lecture, The Unexpected Journey of an Art Collector, Gordon will discuss the motivation to make art an important part of one’s life; the choice to build a core collection of Japanese bamboo art; and how his interests and collections have evolved over time.

Image: SOUND OF THE TIDE Yako Hodo 1980, 29 x 29 x 27 inches, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
11 S.E. Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098
Phone: 812-425-2406
Fax: 812-421-7509
www.emuseum.org

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