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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Sue Coe on her new book, "The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto"

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: Sue Coe on her new book, "The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto"

The Bark Room, Room M104, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

This book is all pictures, no words, and shows how the animals liberate themselves from their oppressors. It’s Orwell’s Animal Farm, but in this version, the animals win, as no animal is more equal than another.

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today. Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s. In the years that followed, she was featured on the cover of Art News and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe has seen her work published in The New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and countless other periodicals. Similarly, Coe sees printmaking as a way to reach a broad audience. Accessible and affordable, Sue Coe’s etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts have become extremely popular.

While Ms. Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her series of prints The Tragedy of War examines the atrocities that humans commit against one another, specifically revealed by the horrors of war. In the past decade, projects include her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a scathing critique of the Bush administration, as well as the book Sheep of Fools… a song cycle for 5 voices, which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain.

Ms. Coe’s 2010 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, “ELEPHANTS WE MUST NEVER FORGET: New Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Sue Coe,” will be published shortly. “MAD AS HELL!,” Sue Coe’s 2012 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, featured new work by Ms. Coe concomitantly published in book form as Cruel, published by O/R books in 2013, a continued, critical look at the Animal Industry that builds upon her groundbreaking 1996 book Dead Meat. That year, Sue Coe was awarded the prestigious Dickinson College Arts Award in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Sue Coe’s latest book The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto, featuring close to 100 original woodcuts and linocuts was published in late 2016. She is currently hard at work on illustrations for her next book, tentatively titled “Zoos.”

Other publications include How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983), X (1986), Police State (1987), Dead Meat (1996), and Pit’s Letter (2000), Bully! Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), Sheep of Fools…A Song Cycle for Five Voices (2005), The Ghosts of our Meat (2013).

Sue Coe is represented by The Galerie St. Etienne, 24 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

Presented by The New School's Parsons School of Design. 


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