SISTER CORITA "LET THE SUN SHINE IN"

NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

Sister Corita: My People, 1965, serigraph on paper, courtesy of Circle Culture Gallery and Corita Art Center.

Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) was an artist, teacher, philosopher, political activist and possibly one of the most innovative and unusual pop artists of the 1960s. She was a nun in the Catholic Church until 1968 when Sister Corita sought dispensation from her vows. Her Retrospective exhibition will be held at Circleculture Gallery.

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For over 30 years, in the heart of Los Angeles, Corita produced a variety of serigraph or screen-printed images. This extraordinary retrospective exhibition documents Corita’s practice during that time. The exhibition begins with a selection of abstract expressionist prints from the early 1960s and then continues with her famous Pop Art works from the mid-1960s.
As a pop artist, Corita primarily focused on text and vibrant color, manipulated type and images appropriated from the newly burgeoning consumer culture of her era. Rather than using the trappings of materialism to point out its flaws, however, she would radically reframe the elements she extracted from advertising logos and signage by spatially manipulating the text. She would then add quotations from sources as diverse as the Bible, author and philosopher Albert Camus, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and contemporary pop songs by the Beatles.

Sister Corita – Let The Sun Shine in – a Retrospective
Date: February 22nd – May 10th, 2014
Opening hours: 12:00 – 18:00 (Tuesday from 13:00)
Closed on Sunday, Monday
Place: Circleculture Gallery
Address: Potsdamer Straße 68, 2nd courtyard, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 275 817 8 46
http://www.circleculture-gallery.com

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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