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Title

Backgammon (1) Cleopatra

1989

Artist

Baba Kashio

Japan

1927 – 1994

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Sugoroku shirîzu (1) Kureopatora
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Date
    1989
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph
    Edition
    3/20
    Dimensions
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Kashio Baba '89".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1993
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    410.1993
    Copyright
    © Estate of Baba Kashio
    Artist information
    Baba Kashio

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • About

    The artist Baba delights in using the immediate appeal of simple lithographic colouring to sweeten his satirical observations of contemporary Japanese society and its insatiable consumerism.

    In this particular print Baba has organised his images into the squares of a board game: an ironic comment on the modern consumer society's version of a mandala, the Buddhist representation of an ideal universe. In Baba's mandala the icons of popular culture replace Buddhist deities in an unrelated montage of the funny and the fearful, the comic and the historic, East and West, past and present. All of these images have been absorbed into modern culture with no acknowledgement of their relative significance and cultural value, and no distinction between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Divorced from their original contexts, these images have been selected for the intensity of their emotive associations.

    Typical of Baba's work are the gaudy colours and the sideshow atmosphere that belie the seriousness of his concern about the direction and substance of modern novelty-hungry Japan.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 24-25.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication