The Impossibility of Painting

The Impossibility of Painting

The prospect of starting to work on a blank canvas can be a daunting one. The pressure to create a masterpiece can stand in the way of the artist . Some contemporary artists work in terms of negation – rejecting a sense of fine finish in their work. Raoul De Keyser would be a good example. Provisional painting is according to Rubenstein (Art in America:May, 2009) ‘the finished product disguised as a preliminary stage’. Or ‘major painting masquerading as minor painting.’ He also suggests that the adoption of provisional painting by contemporary artists is perhaps an indication of the’ impossibility of painting and the impossibility of not painting’.


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