Title: Karposi's Sarcoma
Medium: Monotype, linocut with hand coloring
Size: 24 3/4" x 17 1/2"
Sue Coe was raised in a lower-middle-class area of London, England and she studied Graphic Design at the Royal College of Art. She moved to New York in 1972 and landed a commission from The New York Times almost immediately. Her involvement with political art began at the "Workshop for People's Art," a volunteer association of artists who produced posters and pamphlets for community groups. She discovered that socially aware artwork could transform specific events into shared ones, and release people from their isolation by revealing the universality of their experiences.
From 1973-'78 Coe taught at New York's School of Visual Arts. Various magazines published pictorial essays of her work, encouraging her to set her own agenda instead of being bound by the editorial dictates of an art director. She began publishing books with text custom-crafted to suit the imagery, instead of vice-versa: How to Commit Suicide in South Africa 1983, X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X) 1986, Police State 1987, Porkopolis 1989, and Dead Meat 1996. Selections from these books have been featured in gallery exhibitions, bringing Coe national recognition.
Her work has been on the cover of Artnews, and has been acquired by such institutions as: the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Library of Congress.