“Ordinarily, I feel a sense of solidarity in isolation with other artists. I feel it even more during our enforced isolation.”
Is Joanne Greenbaum making fun of collectors’ tastes, or is she enlarging the definition of art? The fact that you cannot tell is what is so great about her work.
Observe how an artist moves between materials, from sculpey to ceramic and paint, to playfully touch on the ways color can test the limits of beauty and ugliness.
Joanne Greenbaum began making tiny sculptures out of Sculpey in 2003.
Joanne Greenbaum is hellbent on making each painting different from the ones preceding it. This was immediately evident when I walked into her first exhibition with Rachel Uffner Gallery, where she is inaugurating the gallery’s new large space with eight large paintings, all 90 x 80 inches.
CHICAGO — Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883–1970) was best known for his depictions of “inventions” that imagined complicated contraptions with far too many moving parts built to solve the simplest of problems. These “Rube Goldberg machines” appeared in his work, and were used as devices to poke fun at the roundabout nature of American bureaucratic and political systems in the post-World War II era. Rube Goldberg’s Ghost, a large group exhibition on view at Columbia College’s small Glass Curtain Gallery (through May 4) features work by more than 20 artists who may very well be Goldberg’s companions in that they, too, enjoy laborious machinations with political undertones.
Even though you can no longer drop into Weiser’s Bookshop to browse through the shelves, looking for a book on Aleister Crowley, John Dee or Dion Fortune, in New York you can still learn almost anything you want to know.