Clth, 9.5 x 13.5 in. / 80 pgs / 29 color / 5 bw.
Pub Date 5/22/2018
Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 64
ISBN 9780997593556 FLAT40
List Price: $50.00 CDN $69.95 GBP £45.00
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Corita Kent: International Signal Code Alphabet
Introduction by Ray Smith. Foreword by Aaron Rose.
The provocative and elaborate serigraphy of radical American artist, educator and Catholic nun, Corita Kent
Radical American artist, educator and Catholic nun, Corita Kent’s (1918–86) provocative and elaborate serigraphy has entranced audiences for over four decades. Originally completed in 1968, Kent’s International Signal Code Alphabet encompasses a series of 26 kaleidoscopic serigraphs integrating scripture, typography, image, icon and the maritime flags of the International Code of Signals.
As 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of both the series’ completion and the centennial of Kent’s birth, this celebratory publication, produced in collaboration with the Corita Art Center, reproduces for the first time the International Signal Code Alphabet in this handsome and eye-grabbing yellow clothbound volume.
An informative introduction written by Corita Art Center Director, Ray Smith, and a foreword authored by artist and curator Aaron Rose accompany the serigraphs.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Corita Kent: International Signal Code Alphabet.'
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/3/2020
Featured spreads ("A is for Astrology" and "Z is for Zorba") are from Corita Kent: International Signal Code Alphabet, the exuberant clothbound volume from Atelier Editions. Essayist Aaron Rose writes on the timelessness of Sister Corita's work, "Most artists from her generation, no matter how progressive they might have been in their day, appear outdated when placed in historical context. Even though they are now almost 50 years old, her artworks still feel contemporary. One aspect of this is that her work has always been rooted in total and absolute freedom." Drawing a parallel between Corita's work and young contemporary artists, Rose notes the stunning "overall sense of rebellion. She was not afraid of breaking rules. It was almost as though she threw out all the laws of design, typography and color. Even now, her body of work can be seen as a truly rebellious act, and the fact that these works were created by a Catholic nun makes them even more incredible. From an early age, as artists and citizens we are taught that there are certain norms in both life and art. We are told that if we only follow these systems our lives will be happy and successful. Corita was a teacher, and devoted to a life of the cloth; she was no stranger to tradition, but her works scream to the heavens that freedom is vital." continue to blog
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