Title: Paintings By Masami Teraoka
Publisher: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in association with Weatherhill (1996), Washington DC, New York, and Tokyo
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition
112 pages. Illustrated throughout with color reproductions of Teraoka's paintings, which offer modern themes (many addressing AIDS) in the style of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. First edition (first printing, with no indications of later printings). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback). Inscribed by the artist and his wife, Lynda Hess: 'Best wishes, Masami & Lynda', with each artist signing their own name. Uncommon signed. Bookseller Inventory # 107405
Synopsis: 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 chastened consciousness of death and evil with a majestic virtuosity unique in contemporary art.
About the Author: James T. Ulak, associate professor of Japanese art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, has an abiding interest in Japanese narrative painting.
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