PURPOSELY OFFHAND Carter’s Golf Shirt Tack Painting.

Providence painter Nick Carter's Golf Shirt Tack Painting is a rumpled geometric abstraction of a network of orange, blue, and yellow bars across a white pinstriped background. His paintings have the feel of some stained, ragged old towel you find in the gutter and that when you dry it out you discover that it's a rare Frank Stella minimalist abstraction lost from the Museum of Modern Art. Something about the junky, purposely offhand manner rubs me wrong, but it aligns with the hot trend sometimes called "provisional painting" or "the new casual."

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