Photo credit: Costas Picadas
Joanne Greenbaum for M. Legere
My designs came from ballpoint pen drawings that I make almost daily. When I was asked to do this project, I wanted to pair the drawings with functional or even decorative objects. I also liked the idea of the blue ink color of the ballpoint pen on white Limoges porcelain. The act of drawing is a place for me to gather my thoughts or even calm down, so my drawings are contemplative and intuitive. Sometimes it's a place to figure things out. These drawings are rarely seen outside the context of my sketchbook or drawings on my work table. However, I welcomed the idea to take them out of the realm of the personal, and use them completely outside the context of my original motivation.
Joanne Greenbaum lives and works in New York City and Berlin. As a child, she spent weekends at the Museum of Modern Art sketching and drawing, particularly interested in the works of Picasso and Miro. She earned a BA from Bard College in 1975.
Over the past twenty years, she has participated in numerous gallery exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. She has exhibited in such prestigious museums as PS1 MoMA, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; Cologne Art Fair, Cologne; Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Museum Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K.; Museum Abteibert, Monchengladbach, Germany.
Most recently Greenbaum has exhibited her work at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Crone Gallery, Berlin, Van Horn Gallery, Dusseldorf, Texas Gallery, Houston, and Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York. Other recent solo shows include Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and D’Amelio Terras, New York. Greenbaum has also been exhibited at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas, PS1 MoMA, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Kunsthalle, Basel, and Whitechapel Gallery, London. A career-spanning survey of her was mounted by Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich and travelled to Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany in 2008/2009.
“The paintings are a sort of exploration … about being true to whatever your energy is at that moment and tapping into it as a source, which essentially makes the painting.” –In Conversation, Joanne Greenbaum with Phong Bui, The Brooklyn Rail, June 2016