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Silkscreen print in colors, 1968, ink signed at lower right, from the circus alphabet
series, with full margins, unframed.
Sheet size 23 1/16 x 23 1/16 in.Private Collection, Portland, Oregon
Corita Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita, was a Roman Catholic nun, artist, educator, and advocate for peace and acceptance in the mid- to late-20th century. Corita joined the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1936 when she was just 18. She taught studio art and later became head of the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College.
Corita lived and practiced at the time Pop Art was gaining momentum in Britain and then the United States. She found inspiration in American pop artists like Andy Warhol, and was known for silkscreen printing with incorporated bold text about love, tolerance, and peace. Later in life, Corita left the sisterhood and moved to Massachusetts, and upon learning of a cancer diagnosis she became even more very prolific with her artmaking. Over the course of her life, she created over 800 editions of silkscreen prints.
While mid-century viewers didn't know how to place Corita within the Pop Art canon because she was a woman and a nun, she has gained considerable attention in recent years and is now recognized as a pop artist, with her work increasing in value. The Corita Art Center in Los Angeles was established to support and promote her work.
Overall very good condition; some barely-visible margin toning.