Malibu Woman from the New Waves series

Artist: Masami Teraoka (Japan, born 1936; active United States)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 1992
Watercolor on paper
H x W ((sheet)): 104.1 × 74.9 cm (41 × 29 1/2 in) H x W x D (framed): 129.7 × 99.2 × 4.8 cm (51 1/16 × 39 1/16 × 1 7/8 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Heisei era (1989 - present), United States, woman
Provenance research underway.

Malibu Woman was selected by the artist as a gift to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition of Paintings by Masami Teroaka held at the Sackler (June 1996-January 1997).

The painting features the image of a pensive woman tearing open a condom wrapper with her teeth. Japanese characters at the right of the painting read: "My boyfriend doesn't like to use condoms."

Teroaka, at the peak of his career, offers in Malibu Woman technical bravura and a sharply distilled image. Issues of sexuality, the blend and clash of Japanese and Western cultures, the overlay of Western pop art style with fragments of nineteenth century woodblock print references are presented in this painting with an economy of means that reenforces visual effect.

Published References
  • Thomas W. Lentz. The First Ten Years, the Next Ten Years: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 43, no. 3 New York. p. 7, fig. 10.
  • James T. Ulak. Paintings by Masami Teraoka. Washington, 1996. cat. 19, p. 81.
  • Thomas Lawton, Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. p. 342.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
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