Integrating traditional imagery and subject matter with pop art, Teraoka casts contemporary issues--from AIDS to computers, environmental degradation, and drive-by shootings--in historical guise. Humor and satire combine with a vibrant iconography drawn from Japanese and Western sources--catfish, trickster, fox, ghost, snake, ninja, samurai, geisha, Adam and Eve, punk rockers, and television. Teraoka's work moves from the indulgent pleasures of "ukiyo," or the "floating world" of ancient theater and pleasure houses, to a ...

Paintings by Masami Teraoka 1996, Weatherhill

ISBN-13: 9780834803527

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