Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

Collection

All

Search

Contemporary art

Western art

View More:


Title

the handling is in your hands

1966


Artist

Corita Kent

United States of America

20 Nov 1918 - 18 Sep 1986


About

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.


Details


Date

1966


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour screenprint


Dimensions

76.2 x 91.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Sister Mary Corita". Not dated.


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

360.2016


Artist information

Corita Kent

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history