Provisionality and the impossible task of painting

Brock, Daniel (2012) Provisionality and the impossible task of painting. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis explores Raphael Rubinstein’s notion of provisionality as detailed in his influential article from 2009, Provisional Painting and his subsequent exhibition of the same name from 2011. Rubenstein’s writing is discussed in relation to modern art’s rhetoric around the many ‘deaths’ or ‘ends’ of painting as a contemporary art‐making medium, particularly in reference to Yve‐Alain Bois’ 1986 article, Painting: the task of mourning.

While Rubenstein predominantly views the provisional via an abstract lens, it is through the work of Sigmar Polke and then Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig and Daniel Richter, that I build an argument to include the work of contemporary representational painters within his notion of provisionality. These new ideas of provisionality are then examined in the context of my recent paintings, which are viewed as contemporary examples of provisionality extended into the representational.

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ID Code: 55226
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Mafe, Daniel
Keywords: provisional painting, Raphael Rubenstein, Yve-Alain Bois, Sigmar Polke, Raoul de Keyser, representational painting, abstraction, death of painting
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2012 01:37
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 10:59

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