Yuko Nasaka

Untitled

1964

Artist
Yuko Nasaka born 1938
Medium
Synthetic paint, plaster and glue on cotton, mounted on wooden board
Dimensions
Support: 1817 × 919 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2017
Reference
T14778

Display caption

This work is comprised of eight plaster panels. Nasaka Yūko placed each one onto a mechanical turntable, inspired by the potter’s wheel. As it rotated, she carved patterns into the plaster using a palette knife. She then applied a layer of dark-blue silver lacquer to the surface. Nasaka was part of the second generation of Gutai artists who experimented with technology. Much of their work used industrial materials and techniques, referencing Japan’s rapid economic growth.

Gallery label, December 2020

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