Nun-sense

By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007

On sabbatical in Boston in 1968, Kent quit the convent and stuck around. Ault chalks that up to exhaustion from ideological battles with church honchos, a demanding schedule of teaching and lecturing, and trying political times. The next year she produced some of her most searing works: hot fluorescent protests against racism and the Vietnam War, contrasting magazine-cover photos with her delicate handwritten script. Her subsequent watercolors and designs, like the 1971 rainbow gas tank, were mostly schmaltzy and forgettable. (She died in 1986.) But her best stuff remains fresh and saucy. It’s good to see it remembered in Ault’s book and in the upcoming Boston talk. Now someone should organize a Kent retrospective here.

“ART IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: CORITA KENT AND THE RAINBOW GAS TANK” | Panel discussion | Savin Hill Yacht Club, 400 Morrissey Blvd, Boston | October 27 at 7 pm | 617.839.6734

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