Hisachika Takahashi ( Japanese, 1940 )
Mostly a background figure in New York’s pop art scene, Hisachika Takahashi worked as a professional artist’s assistant, but produced a small body of work in the 1960s and 1970s. This piece is part of a series of untitled flower paintings first shown in 1967. Through the use of industrial rubber rollers, overlapping patterns of fluorescent and phosphorescent colors are applied over a solid base. The phosphorescent pigment causes the paintings to glow under black light. The resulting works resemble psychedelic wallpapers, bordering between abstraction and pop art. Takahashi was an assistant to Lucio Fontana at the time this painting was made, and was later the primary assistant to Robert Rauschenberg, whom he met in 1969. Takahashi worked for Rauschenberg until his death in 2008.
- Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 225.