A signed silkscreen print (also known as a serigraph) by Corita Kent (1918-1986) from her "International Signal Code Alphabet" series, in which she made one print for each letter of the alphabet, usually in an edition of 200. This print for the letter "Y" and including a quote by George Bernard Shaw: "Some people see things that are and say why? I dream of things that never were and say why not."
Kent was an artist, activist and educator who became a Catholic nun at the age of 18 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary order. During the 1960s her work became increasingly political and included calls to fight poverty, racism and social injustice. This led to tension with the church and in 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. Recently her work has been the subject of several touring exhibitions and is being newly considered in its relation to, and influence by, the Pop artists working during the period. The collection at SFMoMA includes the full International Signal Code Alphabet series of 26 prints, and it can sometimes be seen on display there.
With an inventory number (68-69-19) in pencil in the lower left corner. Signed "Corita" in pencil at lower right. 2018 is both the 50th anniversary of the International Signal Code Alphabet series and the centennial of Corita Kent's birth. Item #1018.