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Paul McMahon, Spoonbill, 1995, mixed media, 30 × 19 1/2 × 2".

Paul McMahon

321 Gallery

Paul McMahon, Spoonbill, 1995, mixed media, 30 × 19 1/2 × 2".

Paul McMahon’s wonderfully strange “soft” retrospective at the artist-run 321 Gallery in Brooklyn this past fall was, for a figure so doggedly unclassifiable, sympathetically out of joint. Nestled cozily into the non-rectilinear garden level of a brownstone home in Clinton Hill, the forty-four mostly framed two-dimensional works in the show—collages, paintings, pastel drawings on newsprint, tiled postcard pieces, videos (looped together on a single monitor), posters, and mixed-media sculpture—spanned the past forty-four years of the artist’s production. On the numerically related twenty-second day of what happened to be October, McMahon performed an evening song cycle in stereo—that is, silently accompanied by the lip-synching Linda Montano, who has appeared alongside the artist as a live-action double since approximately 2007.

A sprinkling of previous New York

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