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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Atsuko Tanaka

The Art of Connecting 

ATSUKO TANAKA, Gate of Hell, 1965–69, vinyl paint on canvas. Copyright Ryoji Ito. 

Courtesy and collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Atsuko Tanaka is best known for her work Electric Dress (1956/1986), a functional “garment” made from hundreds of flashing lights and electrical cables, which completely subsumes its wearer in a captivating display of luminosity and color. This piece formed the nucleus of a beautifully scaled retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, which traced Tanaka’s…

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