【Atsuko Tanaka】 Born in Osaka, Japan in 1932. Graduated in Western oil painting from Kyoto Metropolitan University, and later continued researching art at the Osaka City Art Museum. Joined the Gutai Art Association with Kazuo Shiraga, Saburo Murakami, Akira Kanayama in 1955. After the Gutai Association disbanded in 1965, she continued her practice independently. After her death in 2005, she received international acclaim for her work. From 2008 to 2011, her solo retrospective toured through Innsbruck (Switzerland), New York (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Birmingham (UK), and Castillon (Spain). Her artistic experimentation, innovative for its time, has been lauded in the contemporary art field in recent years. Her work was featured at Documenta 12 in 2007, and in 2008 at the Sydney Biennial. Major collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.