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Untitled ("No Japs Wanted")

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Untitled ("No Japs Wanted")
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H: 38 in, W: 51 in

New York, N.Y., ca. 1965


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


Stretched and framed. Formerly stapled to paintings 92.97.120-.124.

A Japanese family of four stands in front of anti-Japanese sign, "No Japs Wanted." A bearded man in blue overalls grasps his straw hat to his chest as he gazes upward to the left. Behind him, a large white sign, "No Japs Wanted/California," with drawings of a skull and a Japanese caricature with captions, " You get out" and "You rats," stands before a fence and trees in the background. Standing at his side on the right, a little girl in a green and white dress looks up to the left while holding a blue pail and small rake. In the foreground left, a woman carrying a small child on her back covers her eyes with her right hand and frowns. She wears a blue dress with white trim and apron. The child is in green and white. A blue wheelbarrow holding a broom, a shovel and basket with a bundle and bottle stands at bottom center.

Signed in medium, bottom right corner: H. Sugimoto

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