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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Ben Sakoguchi’s American Dream

Tonight's post presents a look at one modern artist’s critical interpretation of America’s Founding Fathers. Painter Ben Sakoguchi’s  Orange Crate Label Series: A Brief History of Slavery boldly portrays the issue of racism in Colonial America and how it influenced the structure of our nation. In 2004, Sakoguchi began directing his focus toward the “peculiar institution” of slavery, as well as the contributions of early African-Americans by merging historic and pop-culture imagery to create these political advertisement-like collages. These striking images, both enthralling and offensive, represent the shameful aspects of America’s origins and the often neglected side of our Founder’s stories. Sakoguchi later added an additional series that takes an identical approach to the Civil War and Confederate history. (NOTE: During World War II, the artist's family was incarcerated by the U.S. government because of their Japanese ancestry. Sakoguchi spent his early childhood in an internment camp at Poston, Arizona which likely influenced his views on race in America.)

Posted by ny5/pinstripepress at 10:53 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 14 September 2011 10:07 AM EDT
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