Rakuko Naito
Untitled, 1964

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Artist name
Rakuko Naito
Date created
acrylic on canvas
52 × 52 in. (132.1 × 132.1 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© Rakuko Naito
Permanent URL
Artwork status
On view on floor 5 as part of Afterimages: Echoes of the 1960s in the Fisher and SFMOMA Collections

The surface of this composition pulses with the vivid illusion of a crisply outlined circle. Naito created the impression of an edge by imagining a large round cutout rotated 180 degrees to subtly disrupt the regular pattern of vertical red and metallic blue stripes. After relocating from Tokyo to New York in 1958, Naito began using commercial paints to produce optical effects that test the limits of perception. As she described, “I try to experiment and manipulate materials to create my own world. . . . My concern is purely art and visual stimulation.”

Gallery text, 2020

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