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Atsuko Tanaka, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Tezukayama Gallery
Atsuko Tanaka, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Tezukayama Gallery
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Atsuko Tanaka

Untitled, 1986

Enamel on canvas
45 9/10 × 35 4/5 in
116.7 × 91 cm
Location
Nishi-ku, Osaka
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Atsuko Tanaka
Japanese, 1932–2005
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Atsuko Tanaka was known best for her experimental clothing and performances. She made her early paintings by using commercially purchased cloth stretched into canvases. After she joined the Gutai Art Group in 1955, Tanaka became influenced by the group’s preoccupations with chance, time, and space. During that time, Tanaka came to see her body as a malleable artwork, and her entire oeuvre as a form of painting. In one of her best-known works, Electric Dress (1956), she wore and moved around in a garment made from incandescent light bulbs. Other performances involved changing outfits that emphasized constraint or transformation, presented everyday objects for aesthetic consideration, and made engravings on sand.

Atsuko Tanaka, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Tezukayama Gallery
Atsuko Tanaka, ‘Untitled’, 1986, Tezukayama Gallery
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About the work
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Atsuko Tanaka
Japanese, 1932–2005
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Atsuko Tanaka was known best for her experimental clothing and performances. She made her early paintings by using commercially purchased cloth stretched into canvases. After she joined the Gutai Art Group in 1955, Tanaka became influenced by the group’s preoccupations with chance, time, and space. During that time, Tanaka came to see her body as a malleable artwork, and her entire oeuvre as a form of painting. In one of her best-known works, Electric Dress (1956), she wore and moved around in a garment made from incandescent light bulbs. Other performances involved changing outfits that emphasized constraint or transformation, presented everyday objects for aesthetic consideration, and made engravings on sand.

Atsuko Tanaka

Untitled, 1986

Enamel on canvas
45 9/10 × 35 4/5 in
116.7 × 91 cm
Location
Nishi-ku, Osaka
Other works from Tezukayama Gallery