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color lithograph on paper
edition of 55
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
image: 20 15/16 in x 28 7/8 in; sheet: 23 in x 31 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
inscription: RSH-85-9, graphite, verso, lower left
Chop mark: , lower right
title: Kabuki Play, graphite, below the image, l.c.
edition: Ed. 55, graphite, below the image, lower left
signature: Roger Shimomura 1985, graphite, below the image, lower right
- Collection Area
Graphic Arts; Northwest Art
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Museum Purchase: Jean Y. Roth Memorial Fund, with additional funds provided by Pamela Berg
- Accession Number
© artist or other rights holder
Roger Shimomura, a Seattle-born American artist of Japanese descent, is professor emeritus at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Ethnically Japanese, but culturally American, Shimomura uses images from disparate sources to critique racist stereotypes. His first lithograph, Kabuki Play, was his first print to combine traditional images from Japanese woodblock prints with Disney characters and comic-book heroes, a mixture he had explored a year earlier in painting. In this print, Donald Duck, dressed in a kimono and shown in front of a Japanese fighter plane, feeds a pearl to a blonde bombshell. This reference to the bombing of Pearl Harbor has personal resonance for Shimomura. After Japan's attack, he and his family were placed in an internment camp for persons of Japanese descent--a subject the artist explored in subsequent works.
2008 Celebrating Prints: Recent Acquisitions Portland Art Museum