Susan Bee

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Susan Bee
Susan Bee, photo by Charles Bernstein for PennSound.jpg
Born 1952 (age 62–63)
New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Artist, Editor, Book Artist

Susan Bee (born 1952) is an American painter, editor, and book artist, who lives in New York City. She has had one solo show at Accola Griefen Gallery (2013) and seven solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery in New York,[1] and has published six artist's books with Granary Books.[2] These include several collaborations with poets: Bed Hangings, with Susan Howe, A Girl’s Life, with Johanna Drucker, The Burning Babe and Other Poems with Jerome Rothenberg, and Log Rhythms and Little Orphan Anagram with Charles Bernstein. In addition, she has published eight artist's books for other publishers, including Entre (2009) with poems by Regis Bonvicino, from Global Books, Paris, and The Invention Tree (2012) with poems by Jerome McGann, Chax Press. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. in Art from Hunter College. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts MFA in Art Criticism and Writing program.[3] Bee has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania since 2012 and at Pratt Institute since 2014. In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.


In addition to her shows at A.I.R. Gallery in New York, Susan Bee has also had solo shows at Kenyon College, Columbia University, William Paterson College, and Virginia Lust Gallery, and her work has been included in numerous group shows. She is currently represented by Accola Griefen Gallery [4] and A.I.R. Gallery.

Her artwork is 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.

Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, Art Papers, The Brooklyn Rail,[5] and ArtNews. She has had Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2002 and 1999, Yaddo Fellowships in 2001 and 1996, and at the MacDowell Colony in 2012,. In addition, she has had publication grants from the Visual Arts Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, from 1992 to 1997 and Publication Grants, from the Visual Arts Program, New York State Council on the Arts, from 1989 to 1997.


Bee is the co-editor, with Mira Schor, of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artist's Writings, Theory, and Criticism, with writings by over 100 artists, critics, and poets, published by Duke University Press in 2000. She was the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues from 1986–1996 and is currently the co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Susan Bee is married to poet Charles Bernstein.[7] They have had two children, Emma Bee Bernstein (May 16, 1985 - December 20, 2008) and Felix Bernstein (born May 20, 1992).[8] Her parents Miriam Laufer and Sigmund Laufer, were also artists.[9][10]


  1. ^ "A.I.R Gallery". A.I.R Gallery. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Catalog of Granary Publications |||". Granary Books. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  3. ^ "School of Visual Arts > Graduate". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Accola Griefen Gallery". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  5. ^ Morgan, Robert C. "Susan Bee and Miriam Laufer". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  6. ^ "M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  7. ^ "EPC/Bernstein Author Home Page". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  8. ^ "Emma Bee Bernstein". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Miriam Laufer". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Sigmund Laufer". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 

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