Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Baseball History and Negro Leagues focus of art exhibit opening in Los Angeles

The Baseball Reliquary presents WINTER BALL, an exhibition of baseball-inspired artworks, from February 6-March 4, 2006 at the DaVinci Gallery in Los Angeles.

The show feature Southern California artist Ben Sakoguchi's "Orange Crate Label Series: The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-odd Paintings," a monumental undertaking and certainly one of the most important baseball artworks ever created. Sakoguchi's paintings span the entire history of the national pastime and comment on the evolution of baseball and its relationship to American culture, including issues of race, ethnicity, and gender; patriotism, politics, and foreign affairs; labor-management conflicts and economic inequalities; and the effect of steroids on the modern game. In addition, the gallery will feature paintings and mixed-media works by Michael Guccione, Greg Jezewski, and Curtis Wright. The exhibition is curated by La Monte Westmoreland.

A reception will be held on Wednesday, February 8 from noon to 3:00 PM. The Da Vinci Gallery is located on the campus of Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, California. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Monday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For additional information, phone the Da Vinci Gallery at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2518 or the Baseball Reliquary at (626) 791-7647.

The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities. The Baseball Reliquary gladly accepts the donation of artworks and objects of historic content, provided their authenticity is well documented. The Baseball Reliquary is supported in part by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

artwork courtesy BenSakoguchi.com

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