At Carriage Trade, Mother Nature as the Best Modern Artist

THE DAILY PIC: At the reopened Carriage Trade, a group show pairs deliberate and accidental art.

THE DAILY PIC (#1794): “American Interior” is a lovely group show at the new Carriage Trade space on the Lower East Side in New York. I’m particularly keen on the way it mixes clever fine-art images of household spaces, altered by such figures as Richard Artschwager and Steel Stillman, with photos that you might call accidentally clever: Normal domestic environments that came to look like contemporary art after a natural disaster of some kind struck them. I’m showing one of those above, while below is documentation of an early Paul McCarthy performance, accurately titled Plaster Your Head and One Arm into a Wall, where the (un-)natural disaster on view is entirely artist-made. (McCarthy image courtesy the artist, Carriage Trade and Hauser, Wirth and Schimmel; house image courtesy Carriage Trade and Winter Works on Paper)

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