Sue Coe’s “Graphic Resistance” at MoMA PS1

Sue Coe’s “Graphic Resistance” at MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 hosted Sue Coe’s “Graphic Resistance” at its New York venue through September 9, 2018. British-American artist Sue Coe (b. 1951) has since the 1970s, created art on issues related to exposing injustices and abuses of power; taking on issues of sexism, economic inequality, racism, animal cruelty, and xenophobia. The exhibition “Graphic Resistance” highlighted some of these concerns through a selection of drawings, prints, and large-scale collages. The display included a selection of illustrations produced by Coe for newspaper opinion pages.

“Neutrality,” said Coe “is no longer a position we can afford.” The works on display question complacency by highlighting subjects that are moved down to the margins of attention — she necessitates that the vulnerabilities she projects in her art is not simply seen, but felt.

“The trajectory of Coe’s practice — which responds to current events — doubles as a history of sociopolitical issues and activist causes. The exhibition traces some of the artist’s concerns, beginning with a selection of works from the 1980s that address the societal and environmental effects of Reagan-era free-market economic policy and social conservatism. It follows Coe’s concurrent advocacy for animal rights and passionate fight against industrialized slaughter — which remain among her primary targets today — and includes works that confront the first Gulf War, the devastations of Hurricane Katrina, and escalating xenophobia in recent politics. Coe’s works depict suffering to call her audiences to action, challenging complacency by spotlighting subjects that are typically relegated to the margins of attention,” wrote MoMA PS1.

Sue Coe has held solo exhibitions in renowned institutions like P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, (1986); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1989); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1994) and Yale University, New Haven (2016). Her work as a commercial illustrator has been published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone, among other periodicals. 

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