‘Wordworks from the 1970s and 1980s’ by Susan Bee

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I did these photograms in the 1970s. During this period I was writing my master’s thesis on Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray’s photograms while studying with Rosalind Krauss at Hunter College. I also was, from the same small apartment housing the darkroom, collaborating on the production of the poetry magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E with my husband, Charles Bernstein. A portion of my thesis on photograms appears in the second issue of the magazine. These were mostly black-and-white or individually hand-colored, demonstrating experimental techniques like hand-painted developer. At the same time, I was also doing visual poetry collages in black and white, which were published in the artist’s book Not (Asylum’s Press, 1980) and were also published in other small magazines at the time and shown in various group shows in the late 1970s and early 80s. I am including some examples of these works.

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Susan Bee is an artist who lives in New York City. In 2015, her photograms and altered photos from the 1970s were exhibited at Southfirst Gallery in Brooklyn. She has had seven solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery and a solo painting show at Accola Griefen Gallery in NY. Her artwork is included in many public and private collections. Bee has published collaborations with poets including with Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein, and Jerome Rothenberg. Upcoming from Litmus Press is Fabulas Feminae with Johanna Drucker. She is the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Bee’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Papers, The Brooklyn Rail, and ArtNews. She won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2014. She has a BA from Barnard College and a MA in Art from Hunter College. Bee teaches at Pratt Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. Her website is: http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/bee