NEW YORK—Galerie St. Etienne proudly announces that the work of Sue Coe, an artist whom the gallery has represented since 1989, is the subject of a solo survey exhibition, Sue Coe: Graphic Resistance, from June 3 – September 9, 2018, at MoMA PS1. Sue Coe is one of the most important and prolific political artists in contemporary times, and an artist unmatched in her fearless approach to profoundly difficult subject matter, unerring humanity and eloquence, and an uncanny ability to disturb the viewer’s complacency.
For more than four decades, Coe has worked at the juncture of art and activism to expose injustices and abuses of power. Tackling issues of sexism, racism, economic exploitation, xenophobia, and animal cruelty, her art communicates the various ways in which power can exploit, objectify, and inflict violence. Graphic Resistance, Coe’s first solo at a New York museum since 1986, highlights these concerns in a selection of drawings, prints, and large-scale collages, as well as illustrations that Coe produced for newspaper opinion pages.
Sue Coe (British and American, b. 1951) first rose to prominence in the New York art world in the 1980s when major collectors such as Elaine Dannheiser, Eli Broad, and Jerry Speyer took notice of her politics and began to collect her work. Coe has had numerous works reproduced in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and countless other publications. In 1994, she was honored with a retrospective at Washington D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Perez Art Museum Miami, among others.
“My work is an opportunity to present information,” Coe says, and for nearly thirty years the Galerie St. Etienne’s walls have served as a forum for the artist’s presentation of facts. The gallery’s first exhibition of Coe’s work, the 1989 Porkopolis, focused on the multibillion-dollar farm food production industry. Her wide-ranging projects since that time have included examinations of war, homelessness, hunger, AIDS, apartheid, animal abuse, and of late, Donald Trump. Coe’s most recent exhibition at Galerie St. Etienne earlier this year was All Good Art is Political, which paired her work with that of Käthe Kollwitz, (1867-1945), whom Coe cites as a formative influence on her own activism.
Galerie St. Etienne, founded in 1939, is most widely known for its specialty in German and Austrian Expressionist art, having introduced artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Käthe Kollwitz to American audiences. According to co-director Jane Kallir, Coe’s work is very compatible with the gallery’s full program. “She fits in with Kollwitz, especially, but also with the German Expressionists, such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Otto Dix. It is a pleasure to watch her art evolve, her activism continue, and to witness the recognition of her work by others.”
About Galerie St. Etienne
The Galerie St. Etienne, located at 24 West 57th Street in New York City, is the oldest gallery in the United States specializing in Expressionism and Self-Taught Art. It was established in 1939 by Otto Kallir, previously founder of the Neue Galerie in Vienna, a principal exponent of German and Austrian modernism. The Galerie St. Etienne provided America with a first look at the art of Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Egon Schiele. Today, its venerable standing continues under the direction of Jane Kallir, Otto’s granddaughter, and Hildegard Bachert, whose scholarship and expertise extend around the world. Jane Kallir recently curated the enormously popular show The Women of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna. The Galerie St. Etienne participates in the Winter Antiques Show, the ADAA Art Show, Art Basel, and the IFPDA Print Fair.