Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita by Julie Ault


The first book to examine American outsider artist, Sister Corita Kent’s life and work, published 20 years after her death, in conjunction with an exhibition. Includes essays by Julie Ault and Daniel Berrigan, along with more than 90 illustrations, many also published for the first time.

Corita Kent joined the Roman Catholic order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, at 18 years old, where she taught art and eventually ran the art department. After more than 30 years in the order and at the end of the 1960s Sister Corita left to pursue her own artwork. In her almost 35-year career she made watercolors, posters, books and banners, and most of all, serigraphs, in an accessible and dynamic style that appropriated techniques from advertising, consumerism and graffiti. The earliest, which she began showing in 1951, borrowed phrases and depicted images from the Bible; by the 1960s, she was using song lyrics and publicity slogans as raw material. Though she remained an outsider in the art world at the time, many designers of the time like Charles & Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller & Saul Bass were fans of her work.

Four Corners Books, 2007

9.75” x 11.25”, paperback

128 pages

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