Birmingham

Atsuko Tanaka, ’87H, 1987, acrylic lacquer on canvas, 76 1/4 x 101 3/8".

Atsuko Tanaka, ’87H, 1987, acrylic lacquer on canvas, 76 1/4 x 101 3/8".

Birmingham

Atsuko Tanaka

Ikon Gallery
1 Oozells Square Brindleyplace
July 27–September 11, 2011

ESPAI D’ART CONTERMPORANI DE CASTELLO

October 7–December 31, 2011

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku
February 4–May 6, 2012

Curated by Jonathan Watkins and Mizuho Kato

This career-spanning retrospective is Japanese avant-gardist Atsuko Tanaka’s first monographic exhibition in the UK and, gathering ninety pieces under one roof, the most comprehensive in Europe to date. Ikon’s thoughtful selection—which will include the artist’s famed 1956 Electric Dress and a re-creation of her 1955 Gutaï installation Work (Bell), as well as numerous later drawings and the eye-popping lacquer paintings made just before her death in 2005—cuts to the heart of her unfailing commitment to isolating the affective qualities of everyday objects, actions, and phenomena (such as the emission of light and heat from electric lamps) by distilling them in site-specific/performative objects, assemblages, and paintings, thereby rendering herself a bridge between the natural and technological worlds.