Real Wild: Exploring the Iconography of the American West

By Stephen Wozniak, November 2022, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art

In this article, I provide a critical review of the timely comprehensive group exhibition, Real Wild: Exploring the Iconography of the American West, on view at Palo Gallery in New York City from October 14th – November 20th, 2022.

Real Wild: Exploring the Iconography of the American West
Palo Gallery
30 Bond Street
New York, New York 10012
Telephone: (303) 800-6776
October 14th – November 20th, 2022

To read the article, click on the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art website link.

This pertinent exhibition presents storied history lessons, rich folklore, and artful views about American West iconography that carry over into today’s culture, including the effects of violence, colonization, and numerous modes of fighting for personal freedom, social identity, and a very human desire to ultimately spread our wings.

The artists included in Real Wild are:

Lorenzo Amos
Will Boone
Beverly Buchanan
Madeleine Bunbury
Gordon Cheung
Dean Dempsey
Edgar Heap of Birds
Natalie Frank
Nicholas Galanin
Alexander Gibson
George Grosz
Jane Hilton  
Alexander James
Ika Kuenzel
David Levinthal
Asher Liftin
Julius Margulies
Alexia Mavroleon
Mary McCartney
T. McClusky
Matt McCormick
Jonathan Meese
Doug Miles
Curtis Mitchell         
Alexandra Noel
Orejarena & Stein
Plains Ledger Drawings
Kitty Rice
Robert Ross
Yinka Shonibare
Tony Tafuro
Andy Warhol
Sandy Williams IV
LeRone Wilson
Rachel Lin Wolf
Deanio X

About Palo Gallery

Founded in 2018 in New York City by third-generation art collector and dealer Paul Henkel, Palo Gallery is dedicated to curating, managing and cultivating an intersection of emerging and established artistic talents. Palo brings to bear a tradition of art scholarship and patronage working as a true thought partner with artists to realize their visions and create dynamic activations and experiences.

In 2022, Palo Gallery opened its new flagship 3,400 square-foot space designed by Selldorf Architects in the NoHo district of Manhattan. Palo Gallery is pleased to be the only dedicated partner showcasing Vica by Annabelle Selldorf. Designed to be a destination of discovery, Palo Gallery’s multifaceted program ranges from solo presentations to curated exhibitions across a wide breadth of artistic endeavors.

To learn more, go to: and follow on Instagram on @palogallery.

About Stephen Wozniak

Stephen Wozniak is a professional fine artist, writer and motion picture and television actor based in Los Angeles, California. He earned a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and attended Johns Hopkins University. To learn more, go to: and Follow Stephen on Instagram at @stephenwozniakart.