The silkscreens of Corita Kent (1918-1986) combine diverse visual and textual sources in unexpected and joyous ways. She colorfully juxtaposed the aesthetic experience of everyday life, spiritual messages, literary quotations, and items taken from popular culture and mass media sources, mobilizing them in the service of social justice. In her work, letters and language become form and image, form and image become content.
With Corita Kent___Joyful Revolutionary, the TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol presents a solo exhibition of the artist for the first time in Austria, focusing on her serigraphs from the 1960s—contextualized with an abundance of rare archival and documentary material. The works from this period are decidedly political, an expression of Kent’s critical eye for social issues of the day that at the same time evince her hopeful spirituality. They resonate with current questions about the socio-critical potential of art and the possibility for changing received traditions.
These works were framed in DISTANCE magnetic frames by HALBE in the finish Wood 10 Maple white with Mirogard Plus. Each picture frame is individually adjusted excactly for each work and underlines the effect of the artwork optimally without drawing too much attention to the frame.
The exhibition curated by Nina Tabassomi can be admired at the TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol until 11 October 2020.
Maria-Theresien-Str. 45, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, www.taxispalais.art
© TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol, 2020 Courtesy Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles Photo: Günter Kresser