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Joanne Greenbaum

D'Amelio Terras

With her debut solo exhibition, Joanne Greenbaum bolsters drawing’s claim as a privileged field of operations for contemporary artists. Not that her works don’t cut it as paintings: the salon scale, brilliant use of color, and commanding compositions of these seven abstractions (all works 1996), all untitled oils on canvas, not only speak to the artist’s accomplishments as a painter, but, in their lack of addenda (sculptural, photographic, textual, or otherwise) evince a decided dedication to the medium. Yet the innovative quality of Greenbaum’s work has everything to do with drawing and its possibilities. Traditionally a vehicle of exploration and study, drawing is perhaps implicitly more open-ended, more inviting of speculation than painting. Historically, it incorporates cartoons, games, plotting schemes, decorative hobbies, tattoos, and script, along with the subversive spirit and good

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