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Title

Geisha in a bath

2008

Artist

Masami Teraoka

Japan, United States of America

1936 –

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Masami Teraoka

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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