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New York

Grey Art Gallery

Atsuko Tanaka, 1954-1968

Electric Art

ATSUKO TANAKA, Electric Dress, 1956/1986 (reconstruction), enamel paint on light bulbs, electric cords, and control console, 165 x 80 x 80 cm. Courtesy Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu.

The exhibition title captures the electric motifs that have haunted Atsuko Tanaka throughout her artistic career, since her first encounter with commercial neon signs in Osaka, Japan. The blinding intensity of colorful electronic signs decorating the storefronts and shopping centers symbolized the rise of consumer power, as well as the circulation of oil and currency that…

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