Damn Everything But The Circus

Sister Mary Corita Kent became a nun in the Order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, LA in 1936. She first exhibited her work in the early 50's and became a prominent artist in the 60's often creating subversive and political pieces.

"I am not brave enough to not pay my income tax and risk going to jail. But I can say rather freely what I want to say with my art."

Damn Everything But The Circus was her 6th book and was published after she left the Order to pursue her love of art. The book is full of gorgeous large type and bright colours used to illustrate the inspirational quotes chosen by Corita which run throughout.

I've never seen this book or Corita's work before, but I'm hooked - I think it's fantastic. Those of you with cash burning a hole in your pockets might be interested to know that there's currently a copy available here.

Find out more about Sister Mary Corita Kent here.

Images copyright Watson Bookworks.
Via Hi + Low.

Thu 23 Apr 2009

Posted under: Typography , Inspiration , Books




04 Apr 2009 02:07 PM

this book is stunning! wish i could afford the price tag.  cool story behind it too

Delicious Industries

04 Apr 2009 02:12 PM

I know what you mean - this is one of those books I dream of finding at a boot sale for 50p!


12 Dec 2009 09:35 PM

I have a copy of this….no dustjacket but otherwise in pretty good condition…I’ll be putting it up for sale on either ebay or etsy in the next few weeks.

I actually bought it ...used….at the Ringling Circus Museum gift shot in Sarasota FL over 10 years ago, maybe 15…

it’s a lovely printing job.

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