Synopses & Reviews
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 106-108) and index.