Sister Corita's work borrowed magpie-like from signs and slogans, billboards, product packaging and magazine advertising, transporting messages of joy, faith, love, the power of God, and protest against the political crises of the times.
Her work through the 1960s and 1970s is as powerful as that of pop artists Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
Corita was a Catholic nun, artist and teacher.
Heading the art department at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, Sister Corita harnessed the energy of her students to help her produce some of the most energetic and inventive print work of the day.
Using silk screen technique, the work is always colourful, always touching and more often than not, humourous.
This exhibition is supported by a selection of works from the Govett-Brewster Collection by Colin McCahon, plus loans from the Auckland Art Gallery Collection of Ed Ruscha and Marco Fusinato. We also present a small exhibition of graphic works by the Wellington Media Collective.
Simon Rees, exhibition curator
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre