Art of Injustice - Works by Yoshiro Sanbonmatsu

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Date & Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - Friday, April 28, 2006

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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WPI: George C. Gordon Library
3rd Floor Gallery
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609-2280
Cost: Free
Description: Born in 1924 in California's Imperial Valley, the son of Japanese immigrants and farmers, Yoshiro Sanbonmatsu was interned along with the rest of his family and many other Japanese-Americans during much of World War II. Later, after serving in the US Army, Sanbonmatsu received his B.A. from Swarthmore College. He then set out on what would become a 39-year career as a high school English teacher in New York and Massachusetts. A life-long interest in art finally led him to take a Masters in Creative Art from Bridgewater State College (1983), and to further advanced study in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art (1984-1989). In 1991, after retiring from teaching in Plymouth, Mass., Sanbonmatsu took up a second career, this time as a political artist. In 1997 he co-founded the Gallery for Social/Political Art in Boston, where his own artwork was the subject of a vast retrospective, in June 2004. "I consider myself more social critic than painter," Sanbonmatsu has said, and his art, which grapples with such political themes as war, human rights abuses, racism, and genocide, reflects his determination to place aesthetic expression in the service of truth.

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Created: October 7, 2005 at 12:53 PM
Last Modified: March 27, 2006 at 2:40 PM

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