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Surrealism
Painting in progress

MATT MARELLO

In Roman mythology, the labyrinth is the stage on which a man of destiny proves his worth, and in so doing changes his life. Matt Marello’s art—an expression of his own labyrinthine journey—acknowledges the personal evolution, but questions the destiny part. Are we really going somewhere specific? I first met Marello in 2012, having seen his...

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NICHOLAS ROERICH

The Upper West Side—the antithesis of counter-culture, as far as neighborhoods go—may be an unlikely place to find a museum dedicated to the life and work of an obscure Russian painter and occultist. But that’s where the Nicholas Roerich Museum is situated. Now you know! Go ye and discover! Housed in a elegant early twentieth-century brownstone, the...

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BRIAN WOOD

In the past I compared New York artist Brian Wood’s painting style to that of the late surrealist/West Coast oddball John Altoon. On a recent visit to Wood’s studio—in midtown Manhattan—I saw a painting that made me think instead of Philip Guston’s last works. Take a look at that pair of worn-down shoes above and...

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