Visual Arts

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From the start of 2020, Coe has continually created new works documenting the impact of COVID-19 and the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic. “Political Canines” is a continuation of Coe’s depiction of the pandemic and the divisive, politicized conversation around face coverings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Click here to purchase the limited shirt, which will be available for $30 until election day on November 3, 2020.’s mission is to use technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. On their site you can check your voter registration, register to vote, request an absentee ballot, find a polling location, volunteer as a poll worker, fill out the 2020 census and more.

Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here examines Coe’s decades-long practice of critiquing the American political establishment and other global societal issues. On view through December 30, 2020, the exhibition comprises approximately 70 paintings, drawings, and prints, of which about half are linocuts completed since 2016, tracing how woes that began with the Reagan administration in the 1980s came to define our current reality in 2020.

Sue Coe will also be included in “Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020” a public art exhibition in New York City organized by Art at a Time Like This and SaveArtSpace. From October 12 – November 12, 2020 Coe and 19 other contemporary artists will present artworks on billboards across the city that comment on the current state of U.S. politics, stimulating a dialogue about the increasing polarization of our society.

Sue Coe (born 1951 in Tamworth, Staffordshire) is a British-American 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, and lived in New York City from 1972 to 2001. She currently resides in upstate New York.

Founded in 1939 by Otto Kallir, Galerie St. Etienne is the oldest gallery in the United States specializing in Austrian and German Expressionism as well as in the work of self-taught artists. The gallery mounted the first American one-person shows of Erich Heckel (1955), Gustav Klimt (1959), Oskar Kokoschka (1940), Alfred Kubin (1941), Paula Modersohn-Becker (1958) and Egon Schiele (1941). The gallery is also known for its expertise on Käthe Kollwitz. St. Etienne was also instrumental in arranging the first American museum acquisitions of works by these artists, through sales and donations. Galerie St. Etienne developed a commitment to the work of self-taught American and European artists after discovering Grandma Moses, who had her first one-person show at the gallery in 1940. Firmly committed to scholarship, the gallery’s directors have authored catalogues raisonnés on Richard Gerstl, Grandma Moses and Egon Schiele. The current director, Jane Kallir, has written more than 20 books and is the leading authority on Egon Schiele. Visit for more information.

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