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BIOGRAPHY

Sue Coe
(b. 1951)

Sue Coe (born 1951 in Tamworth, Staffordshire) is an English artist and illustrator working primarily in drawing and printmaking, often in the form of illustrated books and comics. Coe studied at the Royal College of Art in London, lived in New York City from 1972 to 2001. She currently lives in upstate New York.


CHRONOLOGY AND EXHIBITION HISTORY

1951 Born, Tamworth (Staffordshire), England

1970-73 Student, Royal College of Art, London

1972 Emigrates to U.S. & settles in New York

 

NOTABLE ARWARDS, HONORS AND TEACHNIG POSITIONS

1994 Outstanding National Activist Award, The Culture and Animals Foundation

1999-2001 Board member, Farm Sanctuary USA

2001-2004 Parsons New School: Reportage/Social Political Art

2009 Winner of cash prize, 175th Open Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, New York, NY for 2008 painting "Mary" from series Elephants Never Forget.

2010 Philagraphika 2010 participant, Philadelphia, PA

 

BOOKS

1983 How to Commit Suicide in South Africa

1985 Paintings and Drawings by Sue Coe

1986 X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X)

1987 Police State (exhibition catalogue)

1996 Dead Meat -- Winner of the 1991 Genesis Award

2000 Pit’s Letter

2004 Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round

2005 Sheep of Fools: A Blab! Storybook -- Voted "Book of the Year" by PETA

2012 Cruel

2012 Expected Publication of Topsy,

 

COMPUTER WORKS

1998 Dead Meat CD-Rom

1998 Monkey Business CD-Rom Screensaver

1998 AIDS Prevention Mural, for RedHot Organization

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

1986 Painted Landscapes of the Times

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1979 “All Over Manhattan,” Thumb Gallery, London

1982 “Drums of the Night,” Moira Kelly Fine Art, London and

Compass Four Gallery, Edinburgh

1983 P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York City

1984 S.L. Simpson Gallery, New York City

1985 P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York City

 

1986 “X: The Malcolm X Series,” Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago;

Partisan Gallery, Toronto; P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY

 

“Oppression and Expression,” Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans

 

1987 “Police State,” Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA; Knight Gallery,

Charlotte, N.C.; Portland Art Museum, OR; Wesleyan Gallery, CT;

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Ohio State University;

San Francisco Art Institute

 

Galerie Paule Anglim, San Francisco

 

1988 City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, NC

 

1988 “Prints,” Springfield Art Museum, MO

 

1989 “Police State” (European tour), Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England;

Cornerhouse, Manchester, England; Orchard Gallery, Derry Ireland;

Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, England

 

“Porkopolis - Animals and Industry,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

1990 “Porkopolis,” Brody’s Gallery, Washington D.C.

 

1990-91 “Porkopolis - Animals and Industry,” Joan Whitney Payson Gallery of

Art, Portland, ME; Indiana University of Fine Arts, Bloomington, IN;

University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO; Washington State University,

Pullman, WA; Inter American Art Gallery, Miami Dade Community College;

Georgia State University Art Gallery, Atlanta;

Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

1991 “Sue Coe Retrospective: Political Document of a Decade,”

Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

“Collection of Prints by Sue Coe,” University of California College of

Creative Studies, Santa Barbara, CA

 

1992 “The Road to the White House,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

1993 “Porkopolis: Sue Coe’s Jungle,” Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, MA

 

“Sue Coe,” Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

 

“Sue Coe,” College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX

 

“Sue Coe: Prints,” Schacht Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, NY

 

“Sue Coe: Prints,” University of Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI

 

1994 “Sue Coe,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

 

“Sue Coe: We All Fall Down,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

“Sue Coe: Nonfiction,” Brody’s Gallery, Washington D.C.

 

“Cohorts,” Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

 

1995 “Sue Coe: Recent Works,” Visual Arts Gallery, University of Alabama

 

“Sue Coe,” Mesa College Gallery, San Diego

 

“Sweatshops 1995: Works by Sue Coe,” Bread and Roses, New York

 

1996 “Sue Coe’s Ship of Fools,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

“Sue Coe: We All Fall Down,” Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

1997-99 “Heel of the Boot: Prints by Sue Coe,” Arizona State University Art

Museum, Tempe, Arizona; University of Illinois, Normal, Illinois;

Guilford College Art Gallery, Guilford, North Carolina;

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington;

University of Illinois, Augustana, Illinois

 

1999 “Sue Coe: The Pit,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

2000/2001 “Sue Coe: The Pit,” Lewis and Clark University, Portland, OR;

William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT

 

“The Tragedy of War,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

2001 “One Hand Washes the Other,” Colgate University, Hamilton, NY and

SUNY-Oswego, Oswego, NY.

 

2002 “Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe” Brown University,

Providence, RI.

 

2003 “AIDS Portfolio” Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH

 

“Sue Coe, The Tragedy of War: A Print Cycle” Fairbanks Gallery,

Corvallis, Oregon

 

“Sue Coe’s Sheep of Fools” Galerie St. Etienne, New York.

 

“We All Fall Down: The AIDS Series” Cyrus M. Running Gallery,

Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

 

“Sue Coe: Selections from Sheep of Fools” Emmanuel Gallery at

University of Colorado, Denver, CO

 

“Sue Coe: Graphic Witness” Pacific Northwest College of Art,

Portland, OR

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1977 “Portraits,” American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York

 

1978 “European Illustrators,” Georges Pompidou Center, Paris

 

1980 “People’s Art,” United Nations, New York City

 

1981 “Images of Labor,” international traveling exhibition

 

1983 Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

 

Seibu Gallery, Tokyo

 

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

 

1985 “57th Between A and D,” Holly Solomon Gallery, New York City

 

“East Village Situation ‘85,” Museum of Modern Art, Catanzaro, Italy

 

“Innocence and Experience,” Greenville County Museum of Art, SC

 

“The Political Landscape,” Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ

 

1986 “75th American Exhibition,” Art Institute of Chicago

 

“Malcolm X Center for Black Survival,” El Bohio Gallery, New York City

 

“The Engaged Image,” Adelphi University Gallery, NY

 

1987 “The New Avant-Garde,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 

“Process and Product,” Edith C. Blum Art Institute,

Bard College, NY

 

“Critical Realism,” British traveling exhibition

 

“Morality Tales: History Painting in the 80’s,” American traveling exhibition

 

“Innovators of American Illustration,” American traveling exhibition

 

1988 “Committed to Print,” Museum of Modern Art, New York

 

“Selections from the Eli Broad Family Collection,”

Kresge Art Museum, MI

 

“Rosenberg Era Art Project,” American traveling exhibition

 

“The Mandela Freedom Concert,” Wembley Stadium, London

 

1989 “Art and the Law,” American traveling exhibition organized by

West Publishing Company

 

“A Different War: Vietnam in Art,” American traveling exhibition

 

1990 “Painting Divergence,” University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

 

“Contemporary Bestiary,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

 

“Word as Image: American Art 1960-1990,” Milwaukee Art Museum,

Milwaukee, WI, Oklahoma City Art Museum, OK,

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

 

1991 “News as Muse,” School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD

 

“Moral Imperatives: Art of Social Protest,” Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

 

“Art of the 1980’s: Selections from the Eli Broad Family Foundation

Collection,” Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

 

“Advocacy in Art,” Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

 

“The Critical Image,” Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

 

“Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary,”

Alternative Museum, New York City

 

“Food, From Pleasure to Politics,” Goddard-Riverside Community Center,

New York, New York

 

1991-92 “Malcolm X: The Man, The Meaning,” Jamaica Arts Center,

Jamaica, NY, and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

 

“The Abortion Project,” Simon Watson Gallery, New York City;

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

 

1992 “Scandal, Outrage and Censorship,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York

 

“Darkness Visible,” The Drawing Center, New York City

 

“Bread and Roses Cultural Project,” Union 1199, New York City

 

“In Good Conscience: The Radical Tradition in 20th Century American

Illustration," Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY;

Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, NH;

Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Montgomery, AL

 

“Sue Coe: The Road to the White House,” Galerie St. Etienne,

New York, New York

 

1993 “Troubled Waters: American Social & Political Art,”

Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY

 

“Women’s Art, Women’s Lives, Women’s Issues,” The Tweed Gallery,

New York City

 

“From Destruction to Reclamation: Endangered Life,”

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

 

“Re: Framing Cartoons,” Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

 

“Visible Outrage,” Ohio Weslyan Univerity, Delaware, OH

 

“Malcolm X: Man, Ideal, Icon,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN;

Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, MA;

Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA; Anacostia Museum, Washington, DC;

Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA;

Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, CA

 

1994 “Artist’s Sketchbooks: The Intimate Journeys,”

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.

 

“Single-Cel Creatures: Cartoons and their Influence on the Contemporary

Arts,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

1995 “Art of Justice,” Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, New York

 

“Polemical Prints,” Center Galleries, Detroit, Michigan

 

“Alternatives,” Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York

 

“Radical Ink,” Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio

 

“Concept in Form, Artists’ Sketchbooks and Maquettes,”

Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California

 

“Art and the Law,” American traveling exhibition organized by

West Publishing

 

“In the Light of Goya,” University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

 

1996 “Working in the 90s,” College of the Mainland Art Gallery,

Texas City, Texas

 

“Love’s Labor Lost,” City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, GA

 

“Bringing it all Back Home,” Gracie Mansion/Fred Dorfman,

New York, New York

 

“Thinking Print: Books to Billboards,” Museum of Modern Art,

New York, New York

 

1997 “A Critical Reality: Sue Coe and Paul Marcus,” ACA Galleries,

New York, New York

 

“What One is Worth, ” Seattle Folk Life Festival, Seattle, Washington

 

“Art and Provocation: Images from Rebels,” Boulder Museum of

Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado

 

“Art on the Edge: The Werner and Elaine Danheiser Collection,”

Museum of Modern Art, New York City

 

1998 “Taboo: Repression and Revolt in Modern Art,”

Galerie St. Etienne, New York, New York

 

2000 “The Tragedy of War,” Galerie St. Etienne, New York, New York

 

“Open Ends,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

 

2001 “One Hand Washes the Other: Prints and Drawings, 1985-2000,"

Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

 

2002 ”Ship of Fools: Prints” Richard F. Brush Art Gallery,

St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York

 

2003 “MARS: Art and War” Neue Galerie am landesmuseum Joanneum,

Graz, Austria

 

2004 “Crimes and Misdemeanors: Politics in U.S. Art of the 1980s”

Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

“Animals & Us: The Animal in Contemporary Art” Galerie St. Etienne,

New York, New York

 

“New American Story Art” Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, New York

 

“Democracy in America” The Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts

ASU Arts Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

 

2005-07 “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984”

Grey Art Gallery, New York, New York; Andy Warhol Museum,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

 

2008 "Elephants We Must Never Forget: New Paintings, Drawings and

Prints by Sue Coe" Galerie St. Etienne, New York, New York