To Create Is To Relate

Sister Corita Kent – To Create is to Relate
The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Canada
September 8th – October 30th

Sister Corita Kent was one of the most innovative pop artists in the 1960s and became internationally recognized for her brightly coloured silkscreen prints. To create is to relate is the first major solo exhibition in Canada of her work. Admired by Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller and John Cage, Kent’s work was an outlet for her spiritual and political beliefs, reflecting her desire for social justice and peace during the period of the Vietnam War. As a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, she ran the Art Department there until 1968.

The exhibition focuses exclusively on Kent’s silkscreen prints of the 1960s. She mixed contemporary advertising with the slogans, poetry and song lyrics she experienced daily in Los Angeles, signaling her belief that the urban environment – the commonplace – was far from empty wasteland but rather a vehicle for hope and rejoicing.

The CAG will present the first exhibition in North America devoted entirely to the vignettes of 18th century British wood engraver, artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. This presentation of historical work – a first at the CAG – is intended to challenge the viewer’s understanding of what a contemporary art space should show, building a bridge between image making techniques and endeavors of different eras.

Tonight are the free screenings of two films about the life and work of Corita Kent:

‘Sister Corita: Mary’s Day’ (1964) &
‘We Have No Art’ (1967)
by Baylis Glascock

and on Thursday October 27, 7 pm
Become a Microscope: 90 Statements on Sister Corita (2009), a documentary by Aaron Rose

Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B6R5

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