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Title

31 Flavours Invading Japan/French Vanilla IV


Artist

TERAOKA Masami

Japan, United States of America

1936 -


About

Masami Teraoka draws on his unique blend of Japanese/American heritage to comment on contemporary society. Teraoka moved to Los Angeles in 1961 and made his reputation through his witty prints which, drawing stylistically on traditional 'ukiyo-e' prints, satirise contemporary lifestyles. His sophisticated works warrant close study, so rich are they in wit, nuance (often salacious and erotic) and visual and verbal puns. The print '31 flavours invading Japan' perfectly exemplifies his style. The title is a reference to the marketing onslaught of the American firm Baskin-Robbins on the Japanese consumer market. In a successful attempt to get Japanese eating icecream cones, brightly coloured stalls offering '31 flavours' sprang up all around Tokyo. The main figure resembles a typical 'ukiyo-e' courtesan, particularly those by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864). The courtesan, over-adorned with hair combs, holds a melting icecream cone while reaching for napkins, a modern version of a favourite 19th century erotic convention.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.256.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1979


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour screenprint


Edition

A.P.


Dimensions

28.0 x 139.5 cm image; 46.0 x 156.0 x 4.4 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [printed] "Teraoka Masami ga [picture by Teraoka Masami]". Not dated.


Credit

Thea Proctor Memorial Fund 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

343.1989


Artist information

TERAOKA Masami

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994, not paginated. catalogue no: C27

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Asian Favourites', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Sep 2003, 24-25 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 256 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 256 is a detail of this work.