Jennifer Samet

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Beer with a Painter: Gregory Botts

by Jennifer Samet on February 28, 2015

Gregory Botts,

I have known Gregory Botts for about twenty years. Early on, I remember being captivated by the guerilla action he and his wife, fellow painter Jenny Hankwitz, took in the early 1990s: planting sunflowers in the meridian of Houston Street in SoHo.

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Beer with a Painter: Terry Winters

by Jennifer Samet on February 7, 2015

Terry Winters,

“Let’s just delete all of that and start over again,” Terry Winters said to me, laughing, mid-way through our conversation.

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Beer with a Painter: Sarah McEneaney

by Jennifer Samet on January 17, 2015

Sarah McEneaney,

I visited Sarah McEneaney at her home in the Callowhill / Trestletown / Chinatown North neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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Beer with a Painter: Judy Rifka

by Jennifer Samet on December 6, 2014

Judy Rifka in her studio, Gowanus, Brooklyn

Judy Rifka and I met 10 years ago, when I was selecting a work of hers for an exhibition. Her studio was dense with paintings, a testament to how prolific and energetic she is.

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Beer with a Painter: Rebecca Morris

by Jennifer Samet on November 15, 2014

Installation view, “Rebecca Morris: Fantastic L.A.

I heard Rebecca Morris speak earlier this year in Chicago, and was struck by how she discussed becoming an abstractionist at a time when both abstraction and painting were under attack.

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Beer with a Painter: David Humphrey

by Jennifer Samet on October 25, 2014

David Humphrey,

What I hoped to get from talking to David Humphrey were answers. The images in his paintings are zany, raunchy, and wild: a girl in a lawn chair holding monkeys by their scalps; a woman absent-mindedly marking another woman’s buttocks with daubs of paint; cats sitting beside slices of white bread partially spread with peanut butter. I wanted him to explain what it all meant.

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Beer with a Painter: Todd Bienvenu

by Jennifer Samet on September 27, 2014

Todd Bienvenu,

Todd Bienvenu’s studio is filled with stacks: art books on the floor, paintings leaning against the wall. Bienvenu’s work deals with omnivorous appetites – for company, pleasure, fun, music.

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Beer with a Painter: Eric Aho

by Jennifer Samet on September 14, 2014

Eric Aho in his studio

When I first met Eric Aho in New Hampshire two summers ago, we were sitting in the grass in front of the bakery at Orchard Hill Farm. We bonded over the best bread in the world (really!) made by his former student at the Putney School, and the next day I visited his studio, just across the Vermont border.

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Beer with a Painter: Jenny Dubnau

by Jennifer Samet on August 30, 2014

Jenny Dubnau

In Jenny Dubnau’s Long Island City studio is a vertical mirror with adhesive stenciled letters spelling out the name “Jennifer.”

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Installation view, 'Amy Sillman: one lump or two'

Considering that I had always thought of Amy Sillman as an abstract painter, I was surprised to encounter, after seeing her mid-career retrospective at the Hessel Museum of Bard College, an oeuvre that was entirely about the body, touch, and the awkwardness of human interaction.

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