©Seiji Tonomura／ Pen magazine
Born in Tokyo in 1940; lives and works in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Tanaka formed the avant-garde art group Neo Dadaism Organizers in 1960 with Genpei Akasegawa and others. Later, he pursued more minimal forms of expression, and this body of work including “Point, Line, Plane” has had a major influence not only on artists but also designers and architects. By connecting the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, or connecting different materials, Tanaka’s body of work with its overpowering scale and elegant form suggests the possible spaces and dimensions that lie beyond it. Tanaka has participated in numerous international art exhibitions such as the Paris Biennale (1969) and the Venice Biennale (1972). For KENPOKU ART 2016, Tanaka will recreate his sculpture work from half a century ago, with a pool of coal tar at its base, which will be exhibited at the former Uwaoka Elementary School in Daigo.