Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

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Ian Berry, Michael Duncan
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 2013 - Art - 254 pages
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This full-scale survey of Corita Kent's work includes prints and ephemera from all phases of her life, revealing her importance as an activist printmaker and a sylistic innovator in graphic design. Artist, activist, teacher, and devout Catholic Corita Kent (1918-1986) eloquently combined her passions for faith and politics during her rich and varied career. As a teacher at LA's Immaculate Heart College, she fostered a creative and collaborative arts community and developed an interest in printmaking. Her posters, murals, and signature serigraphs combined messages of love and faith with images from popular culture and inventive use of type and color. For Kent, printmaking was a populist medium to communicate with the world around her. This activist spirit came most alive in the 1960s, when her posters and murals addressed subjects like racism and poverty, U.S. military brutalities in Vietnam, and conflicts between radical and conservative positions in the Catholic Church. Even after the war, and after she had left the church, she continued to be active in Boston's urban issues, producing prints and commissioned works until her death in 1986. Full of the lively, colorful work that was so iconically hers, this volume presents four decades of a life dedicated to serving others through and with the language of art.

This book accompanies a traveling exhibition:

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

June 6 - August 31, 2014

Baker Museum at Artis-Naples, Naples, Florida

September 27, 2014 - January 4, 2015

The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

January 31 - April 19, 2015

Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California

June 14 - November 1, 2015

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