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Atsuko Tanaka (1932-2005, b. Osaka) was one of Japan’s most prominent avant-garde artists. Her now legendary Electric Dress (1956) is one of the iconic works of the Gutai movement. Often inspired by objects taken from everyday life, such as calendars, door bells and light bulbs, Tanaka found ways of connecting developments in technology with a new understanding of the body, space, and time. Her abstract paintings, which consist of circles of vibrant color connected by dripped and drawn lines and suggest electronic circuitry, retain a record of her movements as she dripped and traced the paint across the canvas. Retrospectives of Tanaka’s work have been held at Grey Art Gallery, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Ikon, in Birmingham, UK. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.