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An image of Geisha in a bath by TERAOKA Masami

TERAOKA Masami

(Japan, United States of America 1936 – )

Title
Geisha in a bath
Place of origin
Japan
Year
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
Accession number
139.2012
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Masami Teraoka, Sydney, 2012, 22.

Exhibition history (1)

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