1985 Acrylic lacquer on canvas
©Kanayama Akira and Tanaka Atsuko Association
Tanaka Atsuko, known for her Electric Dress (not extant), made of blinking colored lightbulbs, was a postwar leader in avant-garde art in Japan. She took part in the Zero-kai, which Kanayama Akira, Shiraga Kazuo, Murakami Saburo and others formed, and joined the Gutai Art Association in 1955. Attracting attention for performance works, including Electric Dress, she also produced two-dimensional works, which were highly regarded by the French art critic Michel Tapié. This painting complexly combines large and small circles in vivid colors and lines that suggest electric cords; she created many variations on it throughout her life.