This 1970's work, "would it embarrass you very much if I were to tell you that I love you", 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. 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 soft pencil at lower right and at lower left in pencil we see "ed. 150". The work measures 16 1/2" by 20 1/2" in aluminum frame. Condition is excellent overall. I am puzzled by the very light brown rectangle that covers the center portion. I believe it to be part of the design, as it is so perfectly placed and evenly toned; though I cannot exclude (but I think it unlikely) that it might be browning due to some acidic paper having been adjacent to the sheet for a long period of time. There is only one other example of this particular print to be seen in a google search and that one does not appear to have the light brown rectangle; therefore I lean towards this being a variant, though can't totally exclude that it might be condition-related. Allow for reflections in a few photos.
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