Corita Kent



"Life" 1965


Corita Kent
(1918-1986) was one of the most important American
graphic design artists of the 1960s and 1970s.
A Roman Catholic nun from 1936 to 1968, Corita Kent
gained international recognition as an activist and artist.
Corita developed her own version of pop art in the early
1960s and gained fame for her bright-colored
serigraphs that combine pop graphics
with a sharp literary style.

Coritaís work appears in the permanent collections of over 40 major museums,
 including the National Gallery, Metropolitan Museum,
Museum of Modern Art, the Bibliotheque National in Paris,
Victoria and Albert Museum in London,
Bostonís Museum of Fine Arts, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

This two-color serigraph from 1965 is 17.5" x 12.25"
and is signed "corita" in the lower right.
The print is perfect.

   The difficult-to-read (even in the original) text, written in Corita's unique script (orange type reversed through the yellow-brown), is a quote from Hugo Rahner's classic book, Man at Play.  The quote reads:

    "Before the throne stand four elders who say to the new comers: Go and play. The faith of the Christian gives him the certainty that this will one day be his, for he knows that it is assured through the God that became man and is carrying on his game of grace. There is a sacral secret at the root and in the flowering of all play: it is man's hope for another life taking visible form in gesture.  h. rahner"

   The reversed text is from a mid-60s Lark cigarette ad, "I'll tell anyone who'll listen ... there is nothing like a Lark."  From the mid 60s on, Corita utilized ad slogans in her work, treating them in a way similar to how her fellow pop artists utilized pop objects, often commercial products.


           In 1985 a "Love Stamp" was issued
     by the U.S. Postal Department. Designed
     by Corita Kent, it was reportedly the
     most popular stamp ever printed. 
     It sold over 700 million.



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