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Sue Coe
born 1951 Tamworth England; 1970-73 Royal College of Art, London
resides USA, 1972-present


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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1979-present
Interviews || Illustrations in print

Selected Group Exhibitions
1977-present
2012
"Mad as Hell!" New Work (and Some Classics) by Sue Coe, The Galerie St. Etienne, New York, April 17 - July 3, 2012

2009
Sue Coe: Porkopolis -- Animals and Industry, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago Illinois. January 2-February 20, 2009

2008
Elephants We Must Never Forget, the Galerie St. Etienne, New York. October 14 - December 20, 2008

2006
Sue Coe: The Last 11 Days, charcoal drawings, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC. December 18, 2005-March 19, 2006

2005
Sue Coe: Sheep of Fools The Galerie St. Etienne, New York. September 20-November 5, 2005

2002
Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe, David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Brown University, Providence RI
September 7-October 27, 2002

One Hand Washes the Other: Prints and Drawings, 1985-2001, Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY at Oswego, Oswego New York.
March 8-April 7, 2002


2000
The Tragedy of War A New Print Cycle by Sue Coe also including works by Max Beckmann, Jacques Callot, Francicso Goya, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Käthe Kollwitz, Oskar Laske and others. Galerie St. Etienne, New York
November 16, 2000-January 6, 2001

The Pit and selections from Porkopolis Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon, January 20-March 11 catalog


1999
The Pit: The Tragical Tale of the Rise and Fall of a Vivisector
Galerie St. Etienne
New York March 30 - June 5, 1999


1996
Sue Coe's Ship of Fools, the Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Heel of the Boot: Prints by Sue Coe Nelson Fine Arts Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


1994
Recent work Galerie St. Etienne, New York
Non-Fiction Brody's Gallery, Washington DC
Directions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC


1993
Sue Coe Current Events Maryland Art Place, Baltimore MD
Porkopolis: Sue Coe's Jungle Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst MA


1992
The Road to the White House Galerie St. Etienne, NYC

1991
Sue Coe Retrospective: Political Document of a Decade, Galerie St. Etienne NYC
Porkopolis, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA


1990
Documentations: Sue Coe and Paul Marcus, Brody's Gallery, Washington DC (2 person)

1989
Sue Coe: Porkopolis - Animals and Industry Galerie St. Etienne New York and traveling
Police State (UK tour): Museum of Modern Art, Oxford [England];
Cornerhouse, Manchester [England];
Orchard Gallery, Derry [Ireland];
Herbe Art Gallery, Canterbury [England]


1988
City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh NC

1987
Police State(American tour):
Anderson Gallery, Virginia
Commonwealth University, Richmond VA;
Knight Gallery, Charlotte NC;
Portland Art Museum, OR;
Wesleyan University, Middletown CT;
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston TX;
Ohio State University, Columbus OH;
San Francisco Art Institute, CA


1986
Sue Coe: The Malcolm X Series P.S. 1, Long Island City
X (Malcolm X series) Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago
Oppression & Expression (Sue Coe) Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans


1983
Sue Coe P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York

1982
Drums of the Night Moira Kelly Fine Art, London; Compass Four Gallery, Edinburgh

1979
All Over Manhattan Thumb Gallery, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1977-present
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1979-present
2013
The Animals Look Back at Us, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, September 21 - October 20, 2013.

I, You, We, Whitney Museum of American Art, April 25 - September 1, 2013. (online interview and video)

2012
Under the Influence: The Comics, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, February 7-May 12, 2012.

2011
Graphic Radicals: 30 Years of World War 3 Illustated, Exit Art
See Holland Cotter review, New York Times 1/14/11

2009
animalkind, curated by Tina Yapelli at San Diego State University and images by all 13 artists.

2007
Another Voice: Political Illustration from The Progressive, 1981-1999. Curated by Patrick JB Flynn, with essays by Flynn, Steve Heller and Whitney Sherman. "Illustration, as applied through The Progressive, became an independent voice, sympathetic to the content of the article but not subservient to the text. Rather, the writing served to inform the artist in the creation of concepts responsive to a larger plurality of ideas. The interpretive power of illustration provides objective insight, alternative modes of thought and perhaps a little entertainment by way of satire or humor."

Since 2001 [see below] this exhibit, now on-line, has travelled to Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore: September 30-November 6, 2004; Memphis College of Art, Tennessee: October 13-November 11, 2005 and The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette: March 12-April 12, 2007.


2006
Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York City, May 3-July 10, 2006
More than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints selected from the museum's collection of Broida works.


2004
East Village USA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City
December 9, 2004 to March 19, 2005.
"The roiling, polymorphous East Village art scene of the 1980's is ready for its close-up, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art is on hand with a camera: 'East Village USA', a motley, incomplete but remarkable exhibition squeezed into the museum's temporary headquarters in Chelsea.", Roberta Smith, New York Times 12/10/04

Democracy in America: Political Satire Then and Now, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe
September 1-November 11, 2004
"The exhibition takes its title from the book written in 1836 by Alexis de Tocqueville, who drew a picture of this country that is still regarded as remarkably apposite. The exhibition queries whether the words 'democracy' and 'America' mean anything like what they did in the time of Tocqueville, or to us even as recently as three years ago. Of the 61 pieces in the show, 30 are historic, drawn primarily from the permanent collection [including] wonderful examples by Honoré Daumier, William Hogarth, Thomas Nast, and Leopoldo Mendez. Many of the issues that their works address ring familiar in contemporary politics: pompous legislators who make empty promises, elections bought or stolen, intimidation of voters, candidate 'bashing' by opposing politicians. The more things change the more they stay the same."


2002
"Workers of the World: Modern Images of Labor", Galerie St. Etienne, April 2 - June 15, 2002

"In the spirit of Martin", The living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, January 13, 2002 - July 28, 2002 and traveling -- the first major Smithsonian exhibition of visual arts dedicated to celebrating this American hero - features 120 works by prominent and emerging artists, including folk artists. The exhibition is a visual testament to the enduring power of King's life and work. This exhibition includes work by such artists as Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Gordon Parks, Andy Warhol, Martin Puryear, Norman Rockwell, Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Robert Rauschenberg, Sue Coe, Emanuel Martinez, Faith Ringgold, Charles Alston, Thorton Dial and Ben Shahn.

The Culture of Violence, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
February 2 - March 15 and April 2 - May 17, 2002
Opening reception, Friday, February 1, 2002, 5-7 p.m. An exhibition of works by twenty artists who explore the critical topic of violence in the US, including war, terrorism, hate crimes, domestic violence, youth violence and street crimes. The exhibition cuts across class, color and gender. Artists include Mel Chin, David Wojnarowicz, Kristin Oppenheim, Brad McCallum, Leon Golub, Ida Applebroog, Sue Coe, among others. A related symposium and film series will be offered. The exhibition is guest-curated by Donna Harkavy and Helaine Posner.


2001
juror: 21st Annual State Wide Print Competition, Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, Alma College, Alma Michigan.
November 12-December 13, 2001

Political Illustration of the Late Twentieth Century, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Illustrations culled from the Madison WI based magazine, The Progressive, curated by Patrick JB Flynn and including original work by Melinda Beck, Lawrence Carroll, Sue Coe, Michael Duffy, Carl Dunn, Henrick Drescher, Bob Gale, Brad Holland, Jordin Isip, Frances Jetter, Stephen Kroninger, David McLimans and Jonathon Rosen. October 16-November 30, 2001


2000
The Path of Resistance, part of the exhibition "Open Ends, the final cycle of the MOMA 2000 exhibitions, explores the period from 1960 to the present, an era that has seen unprecedented cross-pollination among traditional and new artistic mediums and the questioning of conventional boundaries. On view throughout the Museum are masterworks by some of the most influential artists of the past forty years..." The Path of Resistance traces forty years of socially critical and politically charged art and film, with a strong emphasis on prints, photographs, and posters. Organized by Joshua Siegel and Susan Kismaric, Museum of Modern Art, New York through January 30, 2001

Political Illustration of the Late Twentieth Century Ground Zero, Madison Wisconsin. Curated by Patrick JB Flynn. 14 artists whose work appeared in The Progressive: Melinda Beck, Steve Brodner, Lawrence Carroll, Sue Coe, Warrington Colescott, Henrik Drescher, Michael Duffy, Carl Dunn, Brad Holland, Jordin Isip, Frances Jetter, Stephen Kroninger, David McLimans, and Dennis Nechvatal. November 5-December 9, 2000

Thirteenth Parkside National Small Print Exhibition University of Wisconsin - Parkside, Kenosha WI,
January 16-February 24, 2000

200 years of Folly: The Legacy of Goya's Caprichos
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI / Grand Valley State University, Allendale MI
December 2, 1999 - February 18, 2000


1999
The Modern Child: Images of Children in Twentieth Century Art Galerie St. Etienne, New York

1998
TABOO: Repression and Revolt in Modern Art Galerie St. Etienne, New York

1997
On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York

1996
Thinking Print: Books to Billboards, 1980-95 Museum of Modern Art, New York

1995
On the Brink 1900-2000: The Turning of Two Centuries Galerie St. Etienne, New York 1992 The Road to the White House Brody's Gallery, Washington DC -- with Eric Avery, Jim Ann Howard, Steve Murray
Darkness Visible The Drawing Center, New York
Scandal, Outrage & Censorship: Controversey in Modern Art Galerie St. Etienne, NYC


1991
The Critical Image Weatherspoon Art Gallery, U. of North Carolina, Greensboro NC
News as Muse School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD
Moral Imperatives: Art of Social Protest Boise Art Museum
Art of the 1980's: Selections from the Eli Broad Family Foundation Collection-- Duke University Museum of Art
Advocacy in Art Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary-- Alternative Museum New York City


1990
Painting Divergence University Art Gallery, Las Cruces NM
Contemporary Bestiary Islip Art Museum, East Islip NY
Word as Image: American Art 1960-90 Milwaukee Art Museum; Oklahoma Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Life Before Art: Images from the Age of AIDS Carlo LaMagna Gallery, New York
The Narrative in Art Galerie St. Etienne, New York


1989
Fine Prints Brody's Gallery, Washington DC
Art and the Law, American traveling exhibition organized by West Publishing Company


1988
Committed to Print Museum of Modern Art, New York
Rosenberg Era Art Project,"Unknown Secrets" -- traveling exhibition and catalog
The Mandela Freedom Concert Wembley Stadium, London


1987
The New Avant-Garde Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Process & Product Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, New York


1986
75th American Exhibition Art Institute of Chicago
Malcolm X Center for Black Survival El Bohio Gallery, NY
The Engaged Image Adelphi University Gallery, Long Island New York


1985
57th Between A and D Holly Solomon Gallery, NY
East Village Situation '85 Museum of Modern Art, Catanzaro Italy
Innocence and Experience Greenville Country Museum of Art, Greenville SC
The Political Landscape Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ


1984
Art as Social Conscience Avery Arts Center, Bard College NY
New Portraits P.S. 1, Long Island City NY
American Drawings Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum and Ranger Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Biennale 111 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


1983
Hallwalls, Buffalo NY
Seibu Gallery, Tokyo


1981
Images of Labor international traveling exhibition

1980
People's Art United Nations Headquarters, New York

1978
European Illustrators Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

1977
Portraits, American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York

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