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“Mario Naves; Paintings” at Pratt Institute

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Mario Naves, Reason in the Grass (2015), acrylic on panel, 28 x 26″; courtesy Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY

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I’m pleased to announce that an exhibition of my paintings will be on display in The President’s Office Gallery at the Brooklyn campus of Pratt Institute. The exhibition will run from January 30 through April 14.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

More information can be found here.

“Material Polyphony” at Pratt Institute’s Schafler Gallery

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I’m pleased that two of my recent paintings will be on display at Schafler Gallery, located on the Brooklyn campus of Pratt Institute.

“Forces of Nature/Natural Forces” at Pratt Institute

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I’m pleased to announce that several paintings of mine will be included in Forces of Nature/Natural Forces, a faculty exhibition at Pratt Institute curated by Lisa Banner.

Please see the invite above for more information.

Everyone’s A Critic

Art Critics

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An assignment I give my Fine Arts students at Pratt Institute is to pick ten artists or works-of-art that (a) they don’t like or (b) don’t understand, and then speak to the qualities that leave them wanting.

The exercise is intended to explore, articulate and, hopefully, strengthen their aesthetic identities. Regular offenders on these hit-lists include Duchamp and his progeny (Warhol, Koons, Banksy, etc.), geometric abstraction, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and, oddly, Gauguin. This semester a student asked just who and what would I include on a docket of “crimes against art”?

As a longtime fan of lists, I couldn’t resist putting something together. So, here, in no particular order, is my Ten Most Wanted List–or do I mean “Least Wanted”?


John Baldessari: Mistaking cleverness for profundity and encouraging a generation (or three) of students of the same–only to do it with a greater degree of smugness.

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Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg: Rendering a period style–that is to say, Dada–easily digestible

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Laurel Nakadate: Making Narcissus seem humble

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El GrecoEl Greco: Sacrificing pictorial structure for needless distortion and the overuse of white

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GirodetFrench Rococo Painting: Pornography (Soulless technique, frivolous spectacle and an overriding lack of empathy)

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Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger: Promoting a minor painter as a major artist by insisting that his work was “the illustration of [a] sorrowful life drama”

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CourbetGustave Courbet: Making Narcissus seem humble, Part II, and over-emphatic surfaces indistinguishable from bacon grease

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KrugerBarbara Kruger: Gucci Marxism, hypocrisy and bullying

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Frank Stella: Not knowing the art of painting from a hole in the ground

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Abstract Painting (726) 1990 by Gerhard Richter born 1932

Gerhard Richter: Providing eye candy for audiences damaged by Conceptual Art

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© 2013 Mario Naves

The Medium Itself


Honoré Daumier, The Artist (c. 1868-70), oil on wood, 10″ x 13″; courtesy The Rheims Museum of Fine Arts

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Thanks to painter and arts writer Patrick Neal for his coverage of “Painting Matters Now”, a panel on the art of painting held last week at Pratt Institute. You’ll find Neal’s article on the invaluable arts website Hyperallergic. Thanks, as well, to Brett Baker for listing the piece on the equally invaluable Painters Table.

Painting Matters Now: A Conversation at Pratt Institute

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I’m pleased to announce that I will be participating in Painting Matters Now: A Conversation, a panel discussion on “the challenges and rewards of being a painter today.” The other participants are Greg Drasler, John Dubrow, Laurie Fendrich and Peter Plagens; the moderator is Nancy Grimes. The event takes place at the Brooklyn campus of Pratt Institute and will be held in the Alumni Reading Room on the third floor of the library. The date? Wednesday, April 17th. The time? 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free.