Corita Kent’s work from the 1960s is activist in spirit and very political, promoting the civil rights movement and voicing her strong opposition to the Vietnam War and the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
In 1969 she created a series of prints that included text and photographs drawn from the media. In 'if i', we see an image of Coretta Scott King attending the funeral of her late husband, Martin Luther King Jr, assassinated on 4 April 1968. Corita appropriated the image from the 19 April 1968 cover of 'LIFE' and combined it with a quote from a speech given by Scott King at a march for non-violent social change in Memphis, 8 April 1968, and text by English philosopher Alan Watts.
colour screenprint, photo screenprint
57.2 x 29.4 cm image; 58.6 x 30.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.c., ink "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
Referenced in 3 publications
Julie Ault, Come Alive! The spirited art of Sister Corita, London, 2006, 81 (colour illus.).
Ian Berry and Michael Duncan (Editors), Someday is now: the art of Sister Corita Kent, Saratoga Springs, 2013, 195 (colour illus.).
Susan Dackerman (Editor), Corita Kent and the language of pop, Cambridge, 2015, 283 (colour illus.). cat.no. 80