“Provisional” painting  pro·vi·sion·al/prəˈ viZHənl/ Adjective: Arranged orexisting for the present, possibly to be change...
•    “Provisional   paintings can show signs of struggle and    can also look "too easy." In the case of easy-looking    p...
Alberto Giacomettioil on canvas36¼ x 28¾ in. (92 x 73 cm.)Painted circa 1958
Joan Miro
Sigmar Polke Streifenbild IV 1968
• Rubinstein writes of his increasing  awareness of provisionality in the practice  of painting that “deliberately turn[s]...
David Hammons, Untitled, 2010
David Hammons, 2011 installation at L&M Arts, New York, NY.
Sergej Jensen
Sergej Jensen
Sergej Jensen
Provisional Painting at Modern Art,London – 2012Richard Tuttle (right)
Albert Oehlen
Christopher Wool, “Untitled”, 2007
"Untitled" Brendan Smith
“Provisional Painting”, “New Casualists”,         or “Un-heroic Painting”
Raoul de Keyser, “Untitled”, 2002
Provisional painting is “the finished product disguised as preliminary stage” or “majorpainting masquerading as minor pain...
Martin Bromirski, “Untitled” (2011). Acrylic, sand, paper on canvas. 20 × 16˝.
Patrick Brennan, “Flow and Fade” (2011). Mixed media on canvas. 72 × 48˝.
Lauren Luloff
Bruce Price
Amy Feldman, “Ever After”, 201080" x 90"acrylic on canvas
Scrapple Still Life, 2010       48" x 60"   acrylic on canvas
“By reassessing basic elements like color,composition, and balance, based on 1920s-vintageBauhaus principles taught in eve...
Joe Bradley : Schmagoo Paintings, Installation view, 2008
“With the eclipse of Abstract Expressionism circa  1960, new modes of artmaking were discovered  in which the kinds of dou...
Tatiana Berg
Isle Murdock, Ours, 2011. Oil on canvas, 14 x 18 in
"Considering the Provisional"May 4th - May 27th, 2012FJORD: 2419 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
"Corner Painting" Hannah Hall
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  1. 1. “Provisional” painting pro·vi·sion·al/prəˈ viZHənl/ Adjective: Arranged orexisting for the present, possibly to be changed later.
  2. 2. • “Provisional paintings can show signs of struggle and can also look "too easy." In the case of easy-looking provisionality, we encounter a paradox: the struggle with the problematics of painting results in a painting that shows no signs of struggle in the sense that the finished piece displays a minimum amount of work (Michael Krebber, for instance). But in other cases we can see the record of the artists struggles, though not necessarily accompanied by Giacometti-style anguish (Raoul De Keyser). But whether it looks easy or arduous, the provisional work is always opposed to the monumental, the official, the permanent. It closes the door on the era of the high-production-value art market (Hirst-Koons- Murakami-Currin). It wants to hover at the edge of nonexistence. It wants to rest lightly on the earth.” – “Provisional Painting 2: To Rest Lightly On The Earth”, Article by Raphael Rubinstein – Art in America
  3. 3. Alberto Giacomettioil on canvas36¼ x 28¾ in. (92 x 73 cm.)Painted circa 1958
  4. 4. Joan Miro
  5. 5. Sigmar Polke Streifenbild IV 1968
  6. 6. • Rubinstein writes of his increasing awareness of provisionality in the practice of painting that “deliberately turn[s] away from ‘strong’ painting for something that seems to constantly risk inconsequence or collapse.”
  7. 7. David Hammons, Untitled, 2010
  8. 8. David Hammons, 2011 installation at L&M Arts, New York, NY.
  9. 9. Sergej Jensen
  10. 10. Sergej Jensen
  11. 11. Sergej Jensen
  12. 12. Provisional Painting at Modern Art,London – 2012Richard Tuttle (right)
  13. 13. Albert Oehlen
  14. 14. Christopher Wool, “Untitled”, 2007
  15. 15. "Untitled" Brendan Smith
  16. 16. “Provisional Painting”, “New Casualists”, or “Un-heroic Painting”
  17. 17. Raoul de Keyser, “Untitled”, 2002
  18. 18. Provisional painting is “the finished product disguised as preliminary stage” or “majorpainting masquerading as minor painting.”
  19. 19. Martin Bromirski, “Untitled” (2011). Acrylic, sand, paper on canvas. 20 × 16˝.
  20. 20. Patrick Brennan, “Flow and Fade” (2011). Mixed media on canvas. 72 × 48˝.
  21. 21. Lauren Luloff
  22. 22. Bruce Price
  23. 23. Amy Feldman, “Ever After”, 201080" x 90"acrylic on canvas
  24. 24. Scrapple Still Life, 2010 48" x 60" acrylic on canvas
  25. 25. “By reassessing basic elements like color,composition, and balance, based on 1920s-vintageBauhaus principles taught in every 2-D foundationscourse, the new painters are exploring unchartedterritory. They are looking for unexpected outcomesrather than handsome results.” - Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint
  26. 26. Joe Bradley : Schmagoo Paintings, Installation view, 2008
  27. 27. “With the eclipse of Abstract Expressionism circa 1960, new modes of artmaking were discovered in which the kinds of doubts that troubled artists from Cézanne to Giacometti became largely irrelevant. They were replaced by a solid work ethic, by an emphasis on production, by attention to surfaces (in both a material and a psychological sense), by coolness, by social rather than individual identity; in short, Giacomettis gloomy, doubt-filled studio was replaced by Warhols Factory. “ – Raphael Rubinstein
  28. 28. Tatiana Berg
  29. 29. Isle Murdock, Ours, 2011. Oil on canvas, 14 x 18 in
  30. 30. "Considering the Provisional"May 4th - May 27th, 2012FJORD: 2419 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
  31. 31. "Corner Painting" Hannah Hall

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