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Kabuki Play

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Roger Shimomura, Kabuki Play, 1985, color lithograph on paper, Museum Purchase: Jean Y. Roth Memorial Fund, with additional funds provided by Pamela Berg, © artist or other rights holder, 2006.67.2

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Title

Kabuki Play

Artist

Roger Shimomura (American, born 1939)

Date

1985

Medium

color lithograph on paper

Edition

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

Category

Prints

Object Type

planographic print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Jean Y. Roth Memorial Fund, with additional funds provided by Pamela Berg

Accession Number

2006.67.2

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

color lithography

lithography

paper

planographic printing

planographic prints

Description

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.

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