Think about Pop art serigraphs of the 1960s and Andy Warhol most likely comes to mind. But Corita Kent, an outspoken artist, teacher and Roman Catholic nun better known as Sister Corita, also gained international acclaim for her printmaking during the tumultuous 60s and 70s.
[A Sister Corita serigraph with Camus quote found by Coleen Rider, now sold to a philosophy professor.]
Contemporary West Coast women in design who appreciate Sister Corita's work include Molly Luetkemeyer and Coleen Rider.
InStyle happens to feature a nice story about Molly's work for her sister, actress Julie Bowen, so I've been revisiting the interior designer's projects. Although art is nearly always integral to Molly's rooms, she took it to a whole new level when she participated in the Skid Row Housing Trust’s latest endeavor, The New Carver Apartments. Click here to see how she was inspired by Sister Corita. And for more views of Julie's house, click here.
By the way, the Corita Art Center offers a forum of sorts for collectors and maintains the collection of Sister Corita's unsold prints and paintings. Her personal collection of prints went to the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at the UCLA Hammer Museum.
[Christmas cards based on paper Corita designed for Neiman Marcus. For sale through the Corita Art Center.]
Also worth a note: MoMA offers a great tutorial about printmaking. Click here to learn more. Related past post: Indiana and Atlanta.
Since I'm already on the topic of women and printmaking, take a look at the latest offerings from Charleston-based Stacey Bradley of PerlaAnne. In the process of making linocuts, Stacey hand-carves her own linoleum blocks.