Susan Bee


View pdf of Bee's recent catalog with the essay, "Capitals of Pain & Love: Susan Bee's Recent Work," by Raphael Rubenstein

Susan Bee is a painter, editor, and book artist who lives in New York City. She has had solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, Kenyon College, William Paterson College, Virginia Lust Gallery, Columbia University, and has been included in numerous group shows.

In her recent oil paintings Bee’s focus is on the marked visual constellations that underlie key popular culture stereotypes. One series translates stills from old black and white film noirs into vividly colored paintings. Images of natural elements such as trees, sailboats, clouds, oceans, and mountains form the basis of a second series of paintings.

Bee has been reviewed in Art in America, Art News, The Forward, The New York Times, Art Papers, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her artist's books include collaborations with Susan Howe, Johanna Drucker, Charles Bernstein, Regis Bonvicino, and Jerome Rothenberg. Bee is the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artist's Writings, Theory, and Criticism and M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. She has had fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Arts, the NEA, and NYSCA. She has a BA from Barnard College and a MA in Art from Hunter College. Her paintings and artist's books are included in many public and private collections including the Getty Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Yale University, Clark Art Institute, New York Public Library, and Harvard University Library.