31 Flavors Invading Japan: Today's Special


Artist
Masami Teraoka (American; Japanese, b. 1936)
Date
1982
Medium
Woodblock print
Dimensions
Image : 10 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (26.35 x 40.01 cm)
Sheet : 11 x 16 1/2 in. (27.94 x 41.91 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2014.14

Label
Consumption has been the main driver of economic growth in America and many other developed countries since the end of World War II. This print by Japanese-born American artist Masami Teraoka offers a humorous commentary on the global nature of modern consumer culture by depicting a Japanese woman who is worked into a state of frenzied excitement by the prospect of eating a Baskin Robbins ice cream cone. The woman’s loose hair and robe echo 18th-century Japanese images of courtesans, suggesting a parallel between consumer desire and sexual desire.

Object Type
Print