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Title

31 Flavours Invading Japan/French Vanilla IV

1979

Artist

Masami Teraoka

Japan, United States of America

1936 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → 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
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number
    343.1989
    Copyright
    © Masami Teraoka

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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