Friday, April 20, 2012

I Love You Very Much

I recently found a great little book shop near my house.  (Okay, in actuality, I discovered the book department at Goodwill.  I never realized they sold books but the location nearest me has a phenomenal book section.)  Now I find myself popping in over there at least once a week.  I walk straight back to the book department, have a look, then peruse the nick-knacks to see if there are any good treasures.  There never are.  But before I leave, I always check out the furniture and “frame” section - I would honestly die if I found a valuable painting stacked on the jenky metal shelves in a thrift store like the man from South Carolina who recently bought a painting for $3 and sold it for $190,000!!!  Check out the story here: $3 Goodwill purchase earns $190K at auctionSeriously.

I’ve yet to find anything that looks even remotely valuable, but I did come across a great hand-crafted frame yesterday that caught my eye.  It’s 36 inches square.  Wood.  Modern.  And it was cheap, so I bought it.  At first glance, the matted print mounted behind the glass struck me as corny and childish.  But the more I looked at it, the more I began to think there was something to it.  And that’s how I became familiar with Sister Mary Corita (also known as Corita Kent). How I’ve never heard of her or seen her work before now is perplexing, but what’s important is that I am in the know now!

I Love You Very Much by Corita

Corita Kent is known for her vibrant serigraphs that she produced during the 60’s and 70’s.  As a nun, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles until 1968 when she left the order and devoted her life to art in Boston.  An advocate for peace and social justice, her art reflects her spirituality and her love of…well, love. 

L - Sister Mary Corita via Corita, R - Love Stamp via Precipitate.
Although she often borrowed phrases from the Bible for her earlier iconographic works, she began using pop culture references by the 60’s with material ranging from song lyrics to ad slogans.  The art created by Corita expressed her support of social causes and disdain for conflict.  She remained an activist until she lost her battle with cancer in 1986.

See more images after the jump!

"Damn Everything but the Circus" Book Cover by Corita via wildandgrace.

The Juciest Tomato of All by Corita via Drawn

Enriched Bread by Corita via 13bees.

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