Nathlie Provosty studied painting and art history at Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA, 2004) and the University of Pennsylvania (MFA, 2007). Her paintings have been shown nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and were also included in Visionary Painting: Curated by Alex Katz, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME (2017) and New Ruins, American University Museum, Washington D.C. (2017). Her work is included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art the Colby Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, the Foundation VR d’Affaux, the Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Museum of Art.
Nathalie Karg Exhibitions
February 28, 2018 - April 15, 2018
March 30 - May 15, 2016
Nathlie Provosty has recently gained critical acclaim for subtle, highly sensual, abstract oil paintings that oscillate in appearance between word forms, possible body fragments, and moving images. The artist’s frequent use of dark colors stems from an interest in the peripheral territories of visual perception. Taking this source one step further, she describes the paintings as emitting “inaudible sound”—sound that we can feel though not hear. Visible color occupies just a small region of the entire electromagnetic spectrum, within which simultaneous but invisible vibrations are always present. Similarly, only close attention to the paintings and the movement of light and space within and around them can render their noiseless sound palpable. The New York Times critic Roberta Smith has written that the artist “effectively complicates the perceptual mysteries of Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings with her own sense of scale, atmosphere and material punch. This is no mean feat.”
Provosty’s first publication includes a revealing essay by the writer Jarrett Earnest and a substantial showcase of works dating from 2012–2016.