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Mcdonald's Hamburgers Invading Japan/Chochin-Me

Mcdonald's Hamburgers Invading Japan/Chochin-Me

Artist: Masami Teraoka (born 1936 Onomichi, Japan)

Department: Art
Date: 1982
Medium: 31 color serigraph
Dimensions:
Overall: 21 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (54 x 36.5 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Jeri Coates
Object number: PC1992.49.26
DescriptionView of legs from the knees down wearing traditional Japanese sandals with a hamburger and wrappings on the ground.
On view
Label Text:Japanese-born Masami Teraoka immigrated to Los Angeles to attend the Otis Art Institute in the 1960s, where he received both BFA and MFA degrees. Teraoka effectively mastered the aesthetics and techniques of traditional Japanese painting and printmaking, which he ironically juxtaposes with edgy contemporary subjects like consumer culture, the AIDS crisis, and nuclear threats. These two prints are so convincing as 19th-century Japanese woodblocks, a viewer could be forgiven for thinking fast-food hamburgers were as traditional as sushi or ramen. The images themselves seem innocuously mundane, but the title indicates a hostile takeover is underway.
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