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SISTER MARY CORITA KENT (1918-1986) original colorful hand signed likely limited edition serigraph print by internationally recognized artist
This work in attention-grabbing primary colors is by Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986), who became an artist of international note during the 1960's and 1970's for her colorful and complex imagery and designs featuring universal messages promoting love, peace, social justice, spirituality, and wonder at the incredibly complex world in which we live. Born in Iowa, Sister Corita, as she is commonly known, migrated to Los Angeles, where she developed her skills in serigraphy and screenprinting. During the 1950's she was studying at Otis/Chouinard and at USC in Los Angeles. A spiritual person, during the turbulent 1960's she began to weave messages into those images. The messages, which early on took from biblical sources, came to mix in pop culture of the time. After 1968 Corita devoted all of her time to creating art. I believe I read that she eventually renounced her religious vows. Corita's art (it is estimated that she created over 400 serigraph images between 1968 and her death) appeared in prints, posters, billboards, book covers, murals, and even the 1985 Love Stamp. I believe that she appeared on the cover of Newsweek or Time Magazine during the 1970's. She spent the final portion of her life in Boston, but her images and social messages held international appeal which has been perpetuated to this day by the active Corita Center, based in Los Angeles. See the website of that center. This print likely dates to the late 1970's, perhaps 1978 when it appears her style most resembled this. It is signed in black ball point pen (see closeups---the signature is by hand, not printed). The title of the print is "to believe in god is to know that all the rules are fair and that there will be wonderful surprises". The work measures 23" by 23" and is framed and protected in a simple and very sturdy plexiglas poster box. I see no reference to an edition size so I don't know for sure if this be a limited edition---but, it likely would be in an edition of roughly 200, or possibly less. Condition is excellent, with unusually fresh colors and no staining; however allow for scratches on the poster box surface, for example at lower right extending up from the signature area---that is just on the plexi, not on the art itself. Also, allow for simple reflections, in images. .
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