Carriage Trade Gallery
277 Grand Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002
Through presenting primarily group exhibitions, Carriage Trade functions not as a means to promote the careers of individual artists, but to provide contexts for their work that reveal its relevance to larger social and political conditions prevalent today. A project of the artist/curator Peter Scott, whose exhibitions have attempted to highlight this relevance over the value of any given artist’s work within the hierarchy of the art market, the shows tend to combine well known with lesser known artists, and historical pieces (70’s, 80’s, 90’s) with very recent work. Scott’s curatorial approach often integrates relevant found (archival) material as a means to broaden the scope of an art exhibition by positioning the “evidence” of everyday experience in direct relation to an artist’s mediation of social conditions. Some themes addressed in the exhibitions have included issues of propaganda in mass media, the effect of neo-liberal policies on the built environment and social relations, as well as the concept of “mistaken identity” and likeness within the realm of portraiture.
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