the handling is in your hands
United States of America
20 Nov 1918 - 18 Sep 1986
A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary from 1936 to 1968, Corita Kent taught in, and later headed, the art department at the Immaculate Heart College (IHC) in Los Angeles. She rose to prominence in the 1960s with her brightly coloured, bold and often humorous screenprints that incorporated advertising images and slogans, religious verses, song lyrics, poetry and speeches.
During her lifetime Corita produced almost 800 screenprints, often with 100 prints in each edition. Many of these were hand-printed by Corita, working in full habit, in the three-week summer semester break at the IHC. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston where she continued creating screenprints and later thousands of watercolours and innumerable public and private commissions. In 1985, the year before her death, Corita designed one of the US Postal Service’s most popular stamps, 'LOVE', which sold more than 700 million copies.
76.2 x 91.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Sister Mary Corita". Not dated.
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016
Not on display
© Estate of Corita Kent
Shown in 2 exhibitions
YES YES YES YES: Graphics from the 1960s and 1970s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 2016–19 Feb 2017
Some mysterious process, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2020–13 Sep 2020