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Atsuko Tanaka (田中 敦子, Tanaka Atsuko; February 10, 1932 – December 3, 2005) was a Japanese avant-garde artist. She was a central figure of the Gutai Art Association from 1955 to 1965. Her works have found increased curatorial and scholarly attention across the globe since the early 2000s, when she received her first museum retrospective in Ashiya, Japan, which was followed by the first retrospective abroad, in New York and Vancouver. Her work was featured in multiple exhibitions on Gutai art in Europe and North America.
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Member of the group Gutai, which she joined in 1955. Tanaka is best known for her "Electric Dress," made from electrical cords and light bulbs, and for work that combined non-traditional art materials, including sound and light, in performance, sculpture, and installations. She later concentrated on abstract paintings and drawings.
Artist, Installation Artist, Multimedia Artist, Painter, Performance Artist, Sculptor
Atsuko Tanaka, 田中敦子
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