PAINTINGS 1994 - 2008

ABOUT

CURRICULUM
VITAE

FIFTY YEARS ARTMAKING

CONTACT





A BRIEF HISTORY
OF SLAVERY

THE
UNAUTHORIZED
HISTORY
OF BASEBALL

ORANGE CRATE
LABEL SERIES

THE DISASTERS OF
WAR

THE CAPRICES

POSTCARDS FROM
CAMP

POSTCARDS FROM
FRANCE

BEN SAKOGUCHI
ORANGE CRATE LABEL SERIES:
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SLAVERY

Ben Sakoguchi's 1974 - 1981 Orange Crate Label Series touched on the issue of race in America, and his continuation of the series (1994 - 2003) included a number of paintings that addressed the topic.

In Sakoguchi's Orange Crate Label Series: The Unauthorized History of Baseball, he followed the subject of race back to the beginnings of Major League ball.   While working on those canvases in 2004, Sakoguchi also began directing his focus toward the "peculiar institution" of slavery.

The 59 paintings reproduced here were completed in 2008.   They are acrylic on canvas, 10 inches x 11 inches.


(click on images to see each group)



sl-sakoguchi-001-jamestown-virginia-first-slaves-america

Group 1




sl-sakoguchi-012-uss-george-washington-slave-ship-marion-jones-carl-lewis-jesse-owens-monument

Group 2




sl-sakoguchi-025-sic-semper-tyrannis-virginia-luxuries-anonymous-painting-slavery

Group 3




sl-sakoguchi-039-ulysses-mudcat-grant-robert-e-spike-lee-twins-mets

Group 4




sl-sakoguchi-045-jim-crow-laws-signs-colored-white-only

Group 5





[Paintings 1994-2008]
[About] [Curriculum Vitae]
[Fifty Years Artmaking]
[Contact]


[A Brief History of Slavery]
[The Unauthorized History of Baseball]
[Orange Crate Label Series]
[The Disasters of War] [The Caprices]
[Postcards from Camp] [Postcards from France]


© 2005, 2006, 2008 Ben Sakoguchi