This work of the early 1970's, relating to the heated 1972 presidential campaign between George McGovern and Richard Nixon, titled "Come Home America", with a statement by vice-presidential candidate Sargent Shriver at right, is by Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986). Sister Corita became an artist of international note 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. This is a very timely message in a political year. Very recently, a burst of posthumous attention has elevated her now much sought-after work to the status of Pop Art. 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 example is signed in ballpoint at lower right (see closeups---the signature is by hand, not printed), and there is a dedication to Dirk (Dick?) Berger at lower center. The work measures 18 1/2" by 33 1/2" as framed. I do not have information as to edition size ---but, it likely would be in an edition of roughly 200, or possibly less. Condition is very good, with some light soiling under the glass in a few places. The area near the signature that appears like dirt is actually sticky tape residue on the glass casting a shadow, though, there IS apparent soiling at extreme lower right edge area to the right of the handwritten signature. Allow for some reflections in the glass.
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