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Biography

Atsuko Tanaka (1932-2005, b. Osaka) was one of Japan’s most prominent avant-garde artists. Her now legendary Electric Dress (1956) is one of the iconic works of the Gutai movement. Often inspired by objects taken from everyday life, such as calendars, door bells and light bulbs, Tanaka found ways of connecting developments in technology with a new understanding of the body, space, and time. Her abstract paintings, which consist of circles of vibrant color connected by dripped and drawn lines and suggest electronic circuitry, retain a record of her movements as she dripped and traced the paint across the canvas. Retrospectives of Tanaka’s work have been held at Grey Art Gallery, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Ikon, in Birmingham, UK. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Selected Works

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Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1983 industrial vinyl enamel paint on canvas 57 1/8 x 44 1/8 in. (145 x 112 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1983
industrial vinyl enamel paint on canvas
57 1/8 x 44 1/8 in. (145 x 112 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1980 pencil on paper image: 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (27.3 x 19.7 cm) frame: 18 1/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (46.4 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1980
pencil on paper
image: 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (27.3 x 19.7 cm)
frame: 18 1/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (46.4 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 2001 crayon on paper 12 x 15 7/8 in (30.4 x 40.3 cm) framed: 19 1/2 x 23 x 1 1/4 in (49.5 x 58.4 x 3.1 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 2001
crayon on paper
12 x 15 7/8 in (30.4 x 40.3 cm)
framed: 19 1/2 x 23 x 1 1/4 in (49.5 x 58.4 x 3.1 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1964 watercolor/gouache on paper 11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1964
watercolor/gouache on paper
11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1964 watercolor and gouache on paper 11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm) frame: 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (34.9 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1964
watercolor and gouache on paper
11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)
frame: 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (34.9 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1964-1972 crayon on paper image: 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (14.6 x 11.1 cm) frame: 13 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (33 x 29.2 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1964-1972
crayon on paper
image: 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (14.6 x 11.1 cm)
frame: 13 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (33 x 29.2 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1983 industrial vinyl enamel paint on canvas 57 1/8 x 44 1/8 in. (145 x 112 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1983
industrial vinyl enamel paint on canvas
57 1/8 x 44 1/8 in. (145 x 112 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1980 pencil on paper image: 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (27.3 x 19.7 cm) frame: 18 1/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (46.4 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1980
pencil on paper
image: 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (27.3 x 19.7 cm)
frame: 18 1/4 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (46.4 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 2001 crayon on paper 12 x 15 7/8 in (30.4 x 40.3 cm) framed: 19 1/2 x 23 x 1 1/4 in (49.5 x 58.4 x 3.1 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 2001
crayon on paper
12 x 15 7/8 in (30.4 x 40.3 cm)
framed: 19 1/2 x 23 x 1 1/4 in (49.5 x 58.4 x 3.1 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1964 watercolor/gouache on paper 11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1964
watercolor/gouache on paper
11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1964 watercolor and gouache on paper 11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm) frame: 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (34.9 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1964
watercolor and gouache on paper
11 5/8 x 8 3/16 in. (29.5 x 20.8 cm)
frame: 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (34.9 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka Untitled, 1964-1972 crayon on paper image: 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (14.6 x 11.1 cm) frame: 13 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (33 x 29.2 x 3.2 cm)

Atsuko Tanaka
Untitled, 1964-1972
crayon on paper
image: 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (14.6 x 11.1 cm)
frame: 13 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (33 x 29.2 x 3.2 cm)