Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sister Corita Kent turned banal slogans into spiritual silkscreen

By Skye Sherwin
Photograph: Arthur Evans/Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA
DITCHLING, UK---The Catholic sister and art teacher Corita Kent was influenced by Warhol but flourished with her own spiritual and political screenprints. Bread of life … “Enriched bread” is a phrase culled from a wrapper for Wonder Bread, and at first glance this silkscreen seems of a piece with other pop art of the 1960s. Like the Warhol soup cans that inspired Kent, it replicates the bold graphics and catchy language of advertising. What Sister Corita Kent did with this language is a long way from Warhol’s fascination with surface. In her hands, a spiritual and political dimension was wrung from banal slogans. Corita Kent: Get With the Action, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, to October 14, 2018. [More]