Sister Corita Kent <em>E eye love</em> 1968. Photo Arthur Evans. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA

Sister Corita Kent E eye love 1968. Photo Arthur Evans. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibition

18 Dec 2015 — 3 Apr 2016

Sister Corita's Summer of Love

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and City Gallery Wellington are happy to present a large scale exhibition of work by Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) for the first time in Aotearoa New Zealand

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
Director,
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre