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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1966.2.1
Object Name Print
Description "What man's mind can create, man's character can control. - Thomas A. Edison," 1965, intaglio by Ben Sakoguchi. From the series, "Great Ideas of Western Man." Edition: 9/10.
Signed lower right: Ben Sakoguchi

This image was reproduced in Time Magazine on Dec. 10, 1965 as an advertisement for Container Corporation of America.

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
“What man’s mind can create, ...” Thomas Edison (1847– 1931) from the series Great Ideas of Western Man, 1965
Ben Sakoguchi (born 1938), American
Intaglio print
Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1966.2.1

Images of war, play, and advertising appear in another “Great Ideas of Western Man” print ad series for the Container Corporation of America. The magazine ads paired artwork with quotes by prominent thinkers. Sakoguchi’s work uses a quote by Thomas Edison:
“There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities . . . that even man . . . who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. What man’s mind can create, man’s character can control.”

Sakoguchi spent his childhood in an internment camp for Japanese Americans in California. These experiences greatly influenced his art, which explores political and social issues in American culture.

Title What man's mind can create, man's character can control. -- Thomas A. Edison
Date 1965
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Sakoguchi, Ben
Role of Creator 2 Publisher
Creator 2 Container Corporation of America
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique intaglio
Dimensions H-38.5 W-26.625 inches
Credit line Gift of Container Corporation of America
Subjects Atomic bombs
Childhood
Invention
Imagination
Commercialism
Industrialization
War
Advertising
Pop Culture
Theater