Mario Naves / Brett Baker

The Doubtful Suitor
529 West 20th Street. 212 463 9666
Opens: 01/04/13, Closes: 02/02/13
http://www.elizabethharrisgallery.com

Politicians who fall from grace spend more time with their families; art critics who are let go spend more time in their studios – even if they were never artists, perhaps. In the case of Mario Naves, who has continued to post spirited, perceptive and pugnacious reviews on the blogosphere since the ownership and editorship of his old perch, the New York Observer, has entered its juvenile phase and let their veteran gallery reviewer go, the time in the studio has allowed him to turn a corner in his creative output, from an overtly collage-dependent painterly aesthetic to a neo-concrete place where the generation and movement of interlocking shapes floats in the imagination. DAVID COHEN

Mario Naves, The Doubtful Suitor, 2012. Oil on canvas mounted on wood panel, 24 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery