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Atsuko Tanaka

Atsuko Tanaka (Japan, 1932 - 2005)
Tanaka joined the Gutai group in 1955. Using about 200 paint-daubed light bulbs of nine different hues, she created an Electric Dress, which attracted a great deal of attention. From that starting point she developed a body of schematic-like paintings of lines and circles that gave her artwork a distinctive presence within the group.

Tanaka's works were featured in numerous expositions in Japan and abroad, including at the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art, the Nagoya Gallery HAM, the New York Grey Art Gallery and Paula Cooper Gallery as well as at the Innsbruck Galerie im Taxispalais. The Grey Art Gallery focuses on Tanaka's Gutai period and also includes a video and documentation of the movement. This gallery includes a reconstructed version of Electric Dress. Here, the work lights up periodically, buzzing with life like an alien creature. In 2005, the University of British Columbia's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver mounted a major exhibition of Tanaka's work entitled "Electrifying art : Atsuko Tanaka, 1954-1968". Electric Dress and other works were on display at the 2007 documenta 12 in Kassel.

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Biography

1931
Born in Osaka Japan
1950
Entered the Art Institute of Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
1951
Entered the Department of Wester Paining at Kyoto Municipal College of Art
1954
Participated Zero kai exhibition
1955
Join Gutai Art Association along with Akira Kanamaru, Kazuo Shiraga and Saburo Murakami
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Experimental Outdoor Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Midsummer Sun, Ashiya Park, Ashiya
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1st Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara Kaikan, Tokyo
1956
Life magazine photographed staged demonstration by Tanaka
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Outdoor Gutai Art Exhibition, Ashiya Park
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Gutai Art Small Work Exhibition, Sanseido Gallery, Tokyo
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2nd Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara Kaikan, Tokyo
1957
3rd Gutai Art Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
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Gutai Art on Stage, Sankei Kaikan, Osaka
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4th Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara kaikan, Tokyo
1958
2nd Gutai Art on the Stage, Asahi Kaikan, Osaka
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International Art of a New Era: Informel and Gutai, Takashimaya department store, Osaka
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Gutai Group Exhibition, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
1959
Group exhibition, Galleria Arti Figurative, Turin
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8th Gutai Art Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1960
International Sky Festival, Takashimaya department store, Osaka
1961
Continuite et avant-garde au Japon, International Center for Aesthetic Research, Turin
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10th Gutai Art Exhibition, Takashimaya department store, Osaka
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12th Premio Lissone, Galleria La Bussola, Italy
1962
11th Gutai Art Exhibition, Takashimaya department store, Osaka
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Strutture e stile, Galleria Civica d`Arte Moderna, Turin
1963
Solo exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka
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13th Gutai Art Exhibition, Takashimaya department store, Osaka
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Atsuko Tanaka Solo Exhibition, Minami Gallery, Tokyo
1964
Guggenheim International Award 1964 Exhibition, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
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14th Gutai Art Exhibition, Takashimaya department store, Osaka
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6th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
1965
Modern Art from Japan, Kunsthaus Zurich
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Nul 1965, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
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The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Art
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8th Exhibition of International Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
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15th Gutai Art Exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka
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Left Gutai Art Association along with Akira Kanayama
1967
Atsuko Tanaka Solo Exhibition, Osaka
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International Gouache print exhibition, Galerie nachst, Wein
1968
Solo exhibition, Akao Gallery, Osaka
1969
Espaces Abstraits, de I`Intuition a la Formallsation, Galleria d`Arte Cortina, Milano
1972
Document of Seventeen Years of Gutai, Gutai Mini-Pinanotheca, Osa
ka
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Solo exhibition, Minami Gallery, Tokyo
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Espaces Abstraits(II), avec la Partecipation de Nouveaux Artistes Iraniens, Galleria d`Arte Cortina, Milano
1974
Atsuko Tanaka Modern Art Exhibition, Gallery Nihonkan, Osaka
1975
Atsuko Tanaka Exhibition, Kasahara Gallery, Osaka
1978
10th Solo Exhibition of Atsuko Tanaka, Asahi Gallery, Osaka
1979
Jiro Yoshihara and Gutai afterward, Hyogo Prefectural Museum, Japan
1980
Solo exhibition, Ban Gallery, Kyoto
1982
Spring Project: Atsuko Tanaka Exhibition, 81 Bijutsukan, Tokyo
1983
Solo exhibition, Gallery Takagi, Nagoya
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Electra, Musee d`Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
1985
Points and Lines in Spiral: Atsuko Tanaka 1960, Seibu department store, Tokyo
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Jiro Yoshihara and Gutai, Ashiya City Center, Japan]
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Atsuko Tanaka: Drawings 1956-1985, Nagoya
1986
Solo exhibition, Gallery Takagi, Nagoya
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JAPON DES AVANT GARDES 1910-1970, Musee National d`Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
1987
Atsuko Tanaka, Peintures, Galerie Stadler, Paris
1988
Solo exhibition, Gallery Temporary T&I, Kyoto
1990
Atsuko Tanaka Exhibition, Kita Modern Art Museum, Nara, Japan
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Solo exhibition, Gallery Takagi, Nagoya
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Giappone all`avanguardia; II Gruppo Gutai negli anni Cinquanta, Galleria Nazionale d`Arte Moderna, Rome
1991
Gutai Japanische Avantgarde 1954-1965, Mathildenhohe Darmstadt
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Solo exhibition, Gallery Kuranuki, Osaka
1993
Gutai Exhibition II 1959-1965, Ashiya City Museum of Arts, Japan
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Participated the project Passage to Orient, Venice Biennale, Italy
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Gutai…suite?, Palais des Arts, Toulouse, Italy
1994
Solo exhibition, LADS Gallery, Osaka
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Japanese Art After 1945; Scream Against the Sky, Guggenheim Museum, New York
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Solo exhibition, Gallery Takagi, Nagoya
1996
Atsuko Tanaka: Small Works and Drawings, Gallery Kita, Nara
1997
TORINO PARIGI NEW YORK OSAKA, TAIPEI, UN ART AUTRE, Galleria Civica d`Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, Italy.
1998
Out of Actions; between performance and the object, 1949-1979, The museum of Contemporary Art at The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles
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Atsuko Tanaka - The bell rings -, Gallery HAM, Nagoya
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Atsuko Tanaka, Yayoi Kusama, Taka Ishii Gallery, Santa Monica
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Documenta Film; Atsuko Tanaka - Another Gutai was invited to Art Documentary Film Festival
1999
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Gutai, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris
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ATSUKO TANAKA, NICOLA DE MARIA, Galleria Col, Osaka
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ATSUKO TANAKA, MIZOKAMI KAZUMASA, CA DI FRA, Milan
2000
Force Fields, Phases of the Kinetic, Museu d`Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Hayward Gallery, London
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WOMAN 5, Galleria Col, Osaka
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Atsuko Tanaka, 1998-2000: Recent Works, Gallery HAM, Nagoya
2001
Atsuko Tanaka: Search for Unknown Aesthetic, 1954-2000, Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Japan
2002
Atsuko Tanaka: Arbeiten aus Gutai-Seit, Innsbruck, Austria
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Atsuko Tanaka: Paintings of 2000, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
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Atsuko Tanaka: Circle, Circle, Circle, Gallery HAM, Nogoya
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Atsuko Tanaka in Kyoto, Mori Yu Gallery, Kyoto
2003
Atsuko Tanaka Towards New York and Vancouver: New Paintings 2002-2003, Gallery HAN, Nagoya
2004
2004 Summer Atsuko Tanaka, 1967-2004, Gallery HAM, Nagoya
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Electrifying Art: Atsuko Tanaka 1954-1968, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
2005
Gutai Retrospective, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
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Work on paper-2005, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis
2006
Atsuko Tanaka Memorial Exhibition,: From Circle to Circle, Gallery HAM, Nagoya
2008
Alternative Atsuko Tanaka Exhibition, Y Art Gallery, Osaka
2011
Atsuko Tanaka, The Art of Connecting, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2012
GUTAI: The Spirit of an Era, The National Art Center, Tokyo
2013
GUTAI: Splendid Playground, The Guggenheim Museum, New York

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