Joseph Allen Shea

Public talk by Joseph Allen Shea, Galerie Allen (Paris)

In early 2017 Blitz presents Now is Enough, a solo exhibition of American pre-pop artist Corita Kent (1918 – 1986), in a collaboration with Galerie Allen, Paris.

During this preliminary visit in 2016, Curator and Director of Galerie Allen, Joseph Allen Shea presents a FREE public talk at Blitz to introduce the work of Corita Kent and share stories about his practice and what he has set out to achieve with Galerie Allen.


Joseph Allen Shea is at times an independent curator, publisher, writer, consultant and gallerist. Without distinguishing between these creative activities he approaches his different work as a singular output. Believing everyone should be able to engage with art, Allen Shea has worked with self-taught artists and those working outside the art world establishment as well academic artists and arts practitioners in public and private institutions and with museum collections.

In September 2013 Allen Shea opened Galerie Allen in Paris, as a unique model capitalising on the varied experiences of an independent curator and artist, (co-director Mel O’Callaghan) to create a platform where commercial is the structure of an entire ecology to support the ethical presentation, promotion and production of contemporary art. Galerie Allen is an expanded generator strengthening cultural networks internationally through inclusivity, communication and education for the global distribution of important contemporary art and ideas.


Corita Kent was a Catholic nun, artist, educator, community leader, pop pioneer, and political activist. Sister Corita Kent’s first solo exhibition in Malta presents her iconic, socially-engaged artworks, alongside videos of Kent discussing her practice. It marks a time of renewed interest in the work and life of Kent with a touring retrospective throughout the US and a major publication of works from the 1950s – 1980s. The artwork of Kent, a peer of progressive political leaders and cultural revolutionaries such as Daniel Berrigan, John Cage, Charles and Ray Eames, Henry Miller and Buckminster Fuller, seems contemporary now, decades after her passing.

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