Sister Corita Kent — God's own Pop artist | Christie's

While America was enamoured of Corita Kent, the church authorities looked on with growing dismay. James McIntyre, Archbishop of Los Angeles, considered the modernising nuns of the Immaculate Heart insubordinate and frivolous.
In 1960s Los Angeles, Sister Corita Kent gained national fame and stirred up the Catholic authorities with vividly coloured prints that conveyed a message of hope and protest.  In 1962, two transformational events occurred in Kent’s life. First, she saw Warhol’s Soup Can show at the Ferus Gallery in LA. It was a kind of epiphany for her. ‘It shook me up,’ she later said of his work. ‘He’s telling us what life is like for him... Maybe we need [something] to shake us up a bit.’The message was clear: the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary wanted to embrace the present day and the streets of the city. From now on, their fiesta was to be joyous and colourful, and impossible to ignore. [More]

Corita Kent, Come Alive, 1967. © Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.