March 13, 2008, Providence, RI -- Breslin Fine
Art Gallery announces "We Can Create Life Without War," an exhibition of artwork
created by Corita Kent (1918 - 1986), who became one of America's most popular graphic artists
in the 1960s and '70s. Exhibition dates are April 12 through May 10; the exhibit is presented
in collaboration with Inspired Images, a non-profit foundation created to share Corita's vision
with new generations.
Corita Kent's career as a printmaker began in the
1950s while she was a teaching nun in Los Angeles. Her work was "pop" in style, and
espoused universal themes of love, hope, and peace. In the early '60s, Corita's work took on
a more decidedly more political tenor, reflecting her interest in and support for humanist
causes including civil rights, feminism, and anti-war activism. Partly because of her increasing
work load as her art soared in popularity and demand (as a nun she was allowed little time
to devote to her art), partly because of intense pressure from and the wrath of conservative
church leaders, Corita left her order in 1968 and moved to Boston to concentrate on her art.
The work is deceptively simple: bright swatches
of color interspersed with text. But the verbal play, visual puns and imaginative use of calligraphy
and block letters, sometimes in the form of popular slogans, bits of poetry, word or sentence
fragments, show a high, yet subtle, level of sophistication.
The exhibit will feature 40+ original prints and
paintings from the collection of Rev. Bill Comeau, founder of Inspired Images, who collaborated
with Corita Kent in the late '60s. The two remained friends until Corita's death in 1986. Personal
correspondence and memorabilia collected by Rev.
Comeau will give a rare glimpse of the artist's life as well as her work. Rev. Comeau will
be at the opening reception and will present a gallery talk later in the exhibit.
A selection of original prints, posters, and giclee
reproductions will be available for purchase at the gallery. Portions of the proceeds will
benefit the Inspired Images and Corita Foundations.
The opening reception will be held Saturday, April
12, from 7 to 9 pm. The show continues through May 15. Gallery
hours are noon - 7 pm Wednesday
through Saturday and noon through 4 pm Sunday. For more information,
contact Breslin Fine Art
Gallery at 401-885-2340 or www.breslinfinearts.com.