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Bold graphic with words "come alive! you can make it"

Corita Kent: Power Up

8 February – 12 May 2019
Exhibited at the House of Illustration

The UK’S biggest ever show of work by the pop artist, social activist and nun.

Corita Kent's joyful, subversive and – to some – controversial screen prints revolutionised typographic design, challenged the Roman Catholic Church and offered a bold new perspective on misogyny, racism and war.

A contemporary of Andy Warhol, admired by Charles and Ray Eames, John Cage and Saul Bass, Corita's radical Pop Art brought the sublime to bear on the everyday.

Designed by the acclaimed Fraser Muggeridge studio, the exhibition featured 70 screen prints showing the evolution of Corita's work. It showcased her art from the early 1960s where she juxtaposed religious texts with advertising slogans, to the late 1960s where she increasingly used her art for protest.

The exhibition was presented with thanks to Corita Art Center and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Selected reviews and articles

So, Corita Kent: there were none like her. And there still aren’t, really.

Time Out

Her revolt powers out of a colour-filled wallspace

Socialist Review

...bright, uplifting, thought-provoking

Books & Boots

A photograph of the exhibition

Installation view, Corita Kent: Power Up at House of Illustration.

Photograph from the exhibition featuring a blue wall and display cases with illustrations on display

Installation view, Corita Kent: Power Up at House of Illustration.

Bright orange artwork with the words "come alive!" printed upside-down in red, and "you can make it" printed in reverse in blue

come alive, 1967

Bold and expressive print of Mother Mary looking over a deceased Jesus Christ

immaculate heart, 1950

All artworks © Corita Art Center
All photographs © Paul Grover

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