Richmond, VA

Sue Coe

Anderson Gallery

It is difficult to be critical of Sue Coe as an artist without appearing to criticize the poignant social message evident in her dramatic representations of the socially outcast and downtrodden. But her work’s political urgency may encourage us to ask more probing questions than we do of much other art of the current “post-Modern” era. What is Coe’s sense of how to reveal content through art? Does her mode of monumentalizing content give the viewer a way to respond? How can we decide when this work is successful, either as art or as political commentary?

Organized by the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, this well-conceived traveling exhibition offers a comprehensive view of Coe’s work, presenting her social themes in their full range of scale and format. Unfortunately, for this viewer at least, such all-inclusiveness had a numbing effect; seeing

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