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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

From the 1880's to the 1950's, California oranges were sent to market packed in wooden crates with big, milti-colored labels pasted on the ends.  Among Ben Sakoguchi's early influences were the bold graphics and fanciful images on the orange crates that were stacked behind his parents' grocery store.

In the 1970's—after cardboard cartons had replaced wooden crates—beautifully printed labels that had long been stored in packing houses were being sold as collectors' items at the flea markets Sakoguchi frequented.  He was attracted by the familiar orange crate label format, and started using it in a series of small paintings.

Just as the actual labels had depicted a wide variety of subjects—Sakoguchi's paintings sampled events, issues and attitudes of modern culture.  He produced several hundred orange crate label paintings (1974 - 1981) before moving on to other projects.

In 1994, Sakoguchi revisited the orange crate label format, and has continued the series.  The 218 paintings reproduced here date from 1994 to 2003.  They are acrylic on canvas, 10 inches x 11 inches.


(click on images to see each group)



oc-sakoguchi-01-albert-einstein-brain-jar-wichita.jpg

Group 1




oc-sakoguchi-17-lobitos.jpg

Group 2




oc-sakoguchi-33-monet-water-lilies.jpg

Group 3




oc-sakoguchi-43-windsor-royal-wedding.jpg

Group 4




oc-sakoguchi-63-coelacanth-rebus.jpg

Group 5




oc-sakoguchi-75-van-gogh-tissue-engineering-dr-charles-vacanti.jpg

Group 6




oc-sakoguchi-87-sadaharu-oh-henry-aaron-hank-baseball.jpg

Group 7




oc-sakoguchi-107-al-capp.jpg

Group 8




oc-sakoguchi-129-nuclear-mushroom-cloud.jpg

Group 9




oc-sakoguchi-149-lunar-face.jpg

Group 10




oc-sakoguchi-185-michael-transformation.jpg

Group 11




oc-sakoguchi-197-suv-sub-compact.jpg

Group 12





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