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Acrylic, grease pencil and crayon on canvas painting by Robert Nava titled Night Storm Angel, 2021

Night Storm Angel, 2021
Acrylic, grease pencil and crayon on canvas
85 x 73 inches (215.9 x 185.4 cm)
© Robert Nava. Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

There are several options afforded to an art critic when contemplating the existence of Robert Nava: Angels at Vito Schnabel Gallery in Chelsea: Ignore the show critically or entirely; simply experience the show as a humble fan of art; choose to write about it as if it exists in a bubble; or write about it as though it doesn't exist in a bubble. What is preferable, right, ideal or ethical depends on who you are and who you ask. For critics who are known to also interview artists, there’s always an open mind, the benefit of the doubt, and privileged, direct access to the creator. 

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