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Title

Geisha in a bath


Artist

TERAOKA Masami

Japan, United States of America

1936 -


About

Masami Teraoka achieved notoriety in his early career with his satirical images relating to contemporary issues. With his unique Japanese/American heritage, he drew on the traditional ‘ukiyo-e’ style, exploiting it to capture the viewer’s full attention. Teraoka had moved to Los Angeles in 1961 and made his reputation through his witty prints and watercolours, rich in humour, nuance (often salacious and erotic) and visual and verbal puns. In 1985-1986 he began his 'Aids Series', a series of watercolours and prints on the impact of aids. Amongst his subjects were geisha who seemed to comprehend the urgency of the situation, tearing open condoms with their teeth in their hurry to protect themselves.

This print is based on a 1988 watercolour very similar in composition, but with different text (see ‘Ascending Chaos, The Art of Masami Teraoka’, Chronicle Books, 2006, p. 115).

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2012.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

2008


Media category

Print


Materials used

46 colour woodblock print on Kozo paper


Edition

Edition of 75


Dimensions

46.5 x 32.0 cm


Credit

Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

139.2012


Artist information

TERAOKA Masami

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Masami Teraoka, New Albion Gallery, Surry Hills, 24 May 2012–16 Jun 2012


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Masami Teraoka, Sydney, 2012, 22.