Joanne Greenbaum’s story

Joanne Greenbaum’s studio. Courtesy of Anaba

 Joanne Greenbaum,”Untitled 2009,” oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 78 inches. Courtesy D’Amelio Terras

In Time Out New York, T.J. Carlin talks to Joanne Greenbaum about painting and making the break from a day job. Here’s an excerpt. “After studying painting in undergrad school, I applied to a couple of grad schools and I didn�t get in. I didn�t get into good ones and I didn�t get into easy ones. So I moved here and had my little apartment that I painted in and just worked. I had part-time jobs. Got by barely. I was really poor. And then for 15 years, I worked full time at this fine-art photo library and didn�t quit until I got a Guggenheim fellowship in 2001. That plus a few sales from D�Amelio Terras was enough money to say, ‘Okay, if I don�t do this now, I never will.’ They call it the ‘golden handcuffs’ when you have a job that�s paying your bills, and it was okay until it wasn�t anymore. I finally said, ‘I�m making the break.'”Read more.

Joanne Greenbaum: Hollywood Squares,” D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY. Through October 31, 2009.

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