Sue Coe, ‘Web of Deceit’, 1987, Doyle
Sue Coe, ‘Web of Deceit’, 1987, Doyle
Sue Coe, ‘Web of Deceit’, 1987, Doyle
Sue Coe, ‘Web of Deceit’, 1987, Doyle

Framed: 21 x 17 1/8 inches (sheet size 22 x 14 3/4 inches).

Arriving in NYC by way of England in 1972, Sue Coe quickly became a pioneering force in commercial illustration. Her confrontational pieces took the socio-political thread of postmodernism and thrust it into the world of mass media, with raw, polemic works appearing in the New Yorker, the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, among many others. Gracing the cover of Artnews in 1987, Coe has never softened her view or pulled a punch in her work, always championing the forgotten and the downtrodden.

The Reagan administration was rife for satire during the 1980s, and was taken to task by the best of the underground comics and political cartoons of the day. Coe, too, found the President to be a worthy target, and with Web of Deceit from 1987, shows Reagan as a spider tending his web, overseeing the larvae of National Security Advisers Robert McFarlane and John Poindexter, both of whom were implicit in the Iran-Contra Scandal. —Courtesy of Doyle

Signature: Signed Sue Coe and dated 87 (lr) inscribed as titled (lc)

Image rights: Courtesy of Doyle

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