Ridley Howard Travel Pictures

Artifice and illogic in a picturesque land of the weird

By Scott Indrisek

Ridley Howard, Miami Beach View, 2017, oil on linen, 102 × 127 cm. Courtesy Marinaro Gallery, New York

Marinaro Gallery, New York, 3 May – 18 June Plonking a title as generic as Travel Pictures on this group of wonderfully surreal, oddball paintings is a savvy move by Ridley Howard: you expect anodyne, decorative scenes from some grand tour; you get an artist showing off his formal chops. These paintings, some of which are ostensibly set in Italy, put me in mind of the photographs of the late Italian Luigi Ghirri: peripatetic snapshots, colourful dispatches from some land…

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