Friday, October 13, 2006

Tablet? We Don’t Need No Steenking Tablet!

In last week’s Tablet – as if to clarify everything I ever thought of him, Peter “Lion of Christendom” Stanford writes a paean of praise to conceptual artist, Corita Kent. Thankfully, it isn’t available online – I wouldn’t want you to read it. I read it in WHSmith (which I may have to confess on Saturday). Kent is of interest to Stanford as she was a nun for thirty years – needless to say she left the order in 1968. According to this hagiography:

“Her order encouraged members "to do their own thing," such as wearing street clothing and, in her case, designing prints in support of various social and political causes.”

Say no more, squire.

It continues:

"Sister Corita's classes ... were "events, happenings." Her leadership of the art department brought fame and crowds of visitors. There were also tensions and clashes with the head of the archdiocese."

No shit, Sherlock.

The Tablet prints, with glee, this ugly act of vandalism in the name of Art, done by the still “Sr” Mary Corita Kent.:

Stanford? We don’t need no steenking Stanford!


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