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Paintings by Masami Teraoka
     

Paintings by Masami Teraoka

by Masami Teraoka, Alexandra Munroe
 

Integrating traditional imagery and subject matter with pop art, Teraoka casts contemporary issues—from AIDS to computers, environmental degradation, and drive-by shootings—in historical guise. Humor and satire combine with a vibrant iconography drawn from Japanese and Western sources—catfish, trickster, fox, ghost, snake, ninja, samurai, geisha,

Overview

Integrating traditional imagery and subject matter with pop art, Teraoka casts contemporary issues—from AIDS to computers, environmental degradation, and drive-by shootings—in historical guise. Humor and satire combine with a vibrant iconography drawn from Japanese and Western sources—catfish, trickster, fox, ghost, snake, ninja, samurai, geisha, Adam and Eve, punk rockers, and television. Teraoka's work moves from the indulgent pleasures of ukiyo, or the "floating world" of ancient theater and pleasure houses, to a chastened consciousness of death and evil with a majestic virtuosity unique in contemporary art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834803527
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

James T. Ulak, associate professor of Japanese art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, has an abiding interest in Japanese narrative painting.

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