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Artist of the moment…….Sister Mary Corita Kent


Sister Mary Corita Kent was a fantastic artist and educator. Sister Mary Kent was born with the name Francis Elizabeth Kent in Fort Dodge Iowa in the year 1918. Kent’s favorite medium was the silkscreen. The artist had a wonderful sense of color and used her outstanding drawing skills to produce some of the happiest art found in the 1960s and 1970s.

Kent attended the Chouinard Institute located in Los Angeles, California and earned a BA from the Immaculate Heart College also located in California. The Immaculate Heart College was a private Catholic Institution that has been closed for quite some time. Kent was also a teacher at this institution for periods of time.

Kent went on to earn an MA from the University of Southern California.

Something I am sure the Pop Artist Robert Indiana took note of, Sister Mary produced the first LOVE stamp in 1985. Indiana is renown for his work with letters and also has created large sculptures using the word love.

Kent quit teaching and also her order of nuns in 1968 to become a full time professional artist. At this time she relocated from Los Angeles to Boston, Massachusetts on the east coast of the United States.

In 2009 a documentary film was made about Sister Mary Corita Kent. Here we view a short excerpt from this movie which includes original footage of the artist at work in the 1960s:

Price range information: Works range from $400 for a screen print to $4,000 for an original watercolor.

As an artist she worked painting murals, illustrating book covers, posters, and her own serigraph prints. In her own prints the artist often mixed popular consumer slogans alongside her own thoughts and beliefs.

Kent is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum which are both  located in New York Ciy.

Sister Mary Kent passed away in 1986 at the age of 67 years of age.

I enjoy the warm and positive feelings I get from looking at the work  of Sister Mary Kent. In this clip a great interview with the artist just four years before she passed away from cancer:




Artist of the moment……Robert Therrien….

Robert Therrien was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1947.

For his collegiate studies the artist attended the University of Southern California earning a bachelors and masters degree of fine arts.

Part of many museum collections including the Scottish National Gallery of Art, the Getty Center, the Tate of London, the Museum of Modern art in New York cit, and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Therrien is very diverse working with mediums such as photography, painting, sculpting, drawing, and printmaking. The artist enjoys working with simple shapes and structures that he can trace back to his early history. Some examples would be the outlines of simple houses, clouds, doors, coffins, and snowmen.

Its easy to understand why he enjoyed doing the oversized table and chair work, he could trace this feeling to his own history so he was very attracted to the idea.

In this clip we revisit a show  from 2008 by Robert Therrien.

When looking at Therrien’s body of work its so diverse its hard to compare to another artist but I found this work of his to be reminiscent of the late street artist Martin Wong. Wong enjoyed trying to replicate the color and surface texture of the red brick. First an image by Robert Therrien.


And this offering from Martin Wong.


Robert Therrien’s work also reminds me of a current art exhibit taking place in Berlin, Germany at the Bundestag Museum of Art. The exhibit aims to show how dangerous the world is for little kids by showing viewers how dangerous it can be just walking around in the kitchen, living, and dining rooms. The title of the show is “How Children See the World.”

"How Children See The World" Exhibit

A brief clip showing people interacting with Robert Therrien’s table and four chairs.

A link to some more pictures and images about this show:

Price range information: Sorry none available.