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Title

if I

1969


Artist

Corita Kent

United States of America

20 Nov 1918 - 18 Sep 1986


About

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.


Details


Date

1969


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour screenprint, photo screenprint


Dimensions

57.2 x 29.4 cm image; 58.6 x 30.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.c., ink "Corita". Not dated.


Credit

Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

365.2016


Artist information

Corita Kent

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Corita Kent and the language of pop, Cambridge, 2015, 283 (colour illus.). cat.no. 80

Someday is now: the art of Sister Corita Kent, Saratoga Springs, 2013, 195 (colour illus.).

Come Alive! The spirited art of Sister Corita, London, 2006, 81 (colour illus.).