Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940), Walking in the Vineyard , c.1897-1899. Oil on canvas, 260.4 × 248.9 cm.
A lot of artists have “chops” but their subject matter more often than not is flimsy… false. It’s like they’re afraid to admit that they LIKE something. That they’re CLOSE to something. They end up with GESTURE. When all is said and done there’s nothing true about “what” they’re painting.
What we are witnessing with the ascendancy of provisional or DIY abstraction is simply the widespread institutionalization of the “poseur” mentality as a viable art-making strategy. It’s a mindset that values the idea of being a painter and the sociological approach adopted in the studio far more than the arduous reality of making good paintings, or even of the painting itself.
Provisional Painting, Three Hypotheses
by Alan Pocaro