© Masami Teraoka

31 Flavors Invading Japan: Today’s Special, 1981

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  P.81.55

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Masami Teraoka uses the conventions of 19th-century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints to create absurdist parodies of consumerism, pollution and greed. It's a style he developed after moving to Los Angeles in 1961 at age 25, when Pop art was hitting its stride. A major theme is the way American tastes are imposed on other cultures. In noting Teraoka's undercurrent of lusty imagery, Asian art expert Howard A. Link refers to his "snake-like tongues devouring ice cream cones." For his palette, Teraoka draws inspiration from his family's kimono shop.

Details
Title
31 Flavors Invading Japan: Today’s Special
Artist Life
born Japan 1936
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.81.55
Provenance
[Space Gallery, Los Angeles]; acquired by MIA, 1981
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