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There’s no one like Paul McMahon. Since his start in the 1970s, the Woodstock, New York–based artist has made collages, paintings, and albums marked by wry, absurd wit, tossing off ideas so feverishly that it’s been impossible to group him into any single movement. (He’s a one-man movement, truthfully.) For his latest solo exhibition, he has used markers and paint to subtly alter the Italian piazzas and cityscapes that adorn pizza boxes. Against all odds, the results are enchanting—both goofy and moving. They may make you eager to book passage to the Old World, or at least pay a visit to your local pizzeria. As it happens, one of Brooklyn’s best, the hole-in-the-wall Luigi’s, is just around the corner from 321 Gallery. Prepare to feast. —Andrew Russeth
Installation view of “Paul McMahon: Pizza Boxes” at 321 Gallery. Courtesy 321 Gallery.