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Artist
Sue Coe
Title
MOBILize/The Gulf
Date
1990
Medium
etching on white heavyweight Rives paper
Dimensions
4 13/16 × 7 15/16 inches (12.2 × 20.2 cm)
Tags
Print
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1990.5.2
British artist Sue Coe is known for her intensely political graphic illustrations-as-activist practice. Coe grew up close to a slaughterhouse and developed a passion to stop cruelty to animals. Through painting, printmaking, and realistic drawings she has explored controversial subjects such as sweatshops, prisons, AIDS, anti-capitalism, and war.

MOBILize/the Gulf comments on the complicated politics of the Gulf War (1990-91). The international coalition led by the efforts of the United States in defense of Saudi Arabia against Iraq was the largest military alliance since World War II. The etching offers a perspective of the political and economic interests, specifically oil reserves, that played an essential role in the development of the conflict. Twenty-six years later, this print still resonates as prescient of politics today.