"Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita" by Julie Ault
At 18, Corita Kent (1918-86) entered the Roman Catholic order of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, where she taught art. At the end of the 1960s, she left the order to devote herself to making her own work: watercolors, posters, books and banners and serigraphs--in a dynamic style that appropriated techniques from advertising, consumerism and graffiti.
Eschewing convention, she produced cheap, readily available multiples. Her work was popular but largely neglected by the art establishment--though it was embraced by such design luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller and Saul Bass. Recently, she has become recognized as one of the most innovative and unusual Pop artists of the 1960s, battling the political and religious establishments, revolutionizing graphic design and making some of the most striking and joyful art of her era, all while practicing as a Catholic nun.
This first study of her work, organized by Julie Ault on the 20th anniversary of Kent's death, with essays by Ault and Daniel Berrigan, is the first to examine this important American outsider artist's life and career, and contains more than 90 illustrations reproduced in vibrant, and occasionally Day-Glo, color.
Softcover, 128 pages