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Electric Dress (1956) - Atsuko Tanaka

(reconstruction, 1986)
Enamel paint on light bulbs, electric cords, and control console

Atsuko Tanaka in 1957, wearing her Electric Dress (Source: Wikipedia)

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1932, Tanaka was a member of the Gutai Art Association, the major experimental postwar Japanese art movement founded by a group of young artists in Ashiya in 1954. She was best known for sculptural installations made from non-art materials, such as Electric Dress (1956), a wearable sculpture made of flickering light bulbs painted red, blue, green, and yellow. When originally worn, the sculpture both made the body the center of artistic activity and masked it in a mass of light and color.

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