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Atsuko Tanaka (Japanese, 1932-2005)
Atsuko Tanaka (JAPANESE, 1932-2005)


Atsuko Tanaka (JAPANESE, 1932-2005)


dated, signed and inscribed '2001. G Atsuko Tanaka' (on the reverse)

enamel on canvas

130 x 97 cm. (51 1/8 x 38 ¼ in.)

Painted in 2001

Private Collection, Japan

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Lot Essay

Untitled (Lot 430) is imbued with the visual vocabulary of complex networks, lines and circles – ideas of which originated from Tanaka's transitional electric Dress, which was presented by the artist at the 2nd Gutai art exhibition. Colourful lines and irregular circles seek to create space, can be read as colored light bulbs, neon l i ghting tubes (Fig.1 ), and wires. Painted with enamels, this work takes the nature of glossy hues further – they present a glaring visual effect through the use of various bright colors. The work demonstrates the fundamental repetitive elements of lines and circles in various colours against a flat, white monochrome ground. The repetition of symbols and motifs has long existed throughout the history of Japanese art and design. Such patterns can be found in traditional Japanese kimono, as well as in origami art.

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