Sue Coe: It Can Happen Here

David Carrier, Brooklyn Rail, September 15, 2020

This large show, fully accessible online, includes more than 80 paintings, drawings, and prints, about half linocuts completed since 2016. The title comes from Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here, in which a populist fascist becomes America’s president. But the tone is entirely Sue Coe’s own. Throughout the show, she presents industrial pollution, racist politicians, sexist violence, and the slaughter of animals for food. Thousands Try and Escape the Superdome (2006) shows the disaster of Katrina. Murder in the Gulf (2010) depicts the disasters of off-shore oil drilling. And two striking images with self-explanatory titles champion animal rights: Lost Whale Swims Up the Thames (2006) and Auschwitz Begins Whenever Someone Looks at a Slaughterhouse and Thinks (2009). As for our present president, Tweeter in Chief (2017) and The Dim Reaper (2020) do him justice...

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