Ablaze With Art: Thriving Galleries in Lower Manhattan

By Will Heinrich
Mary Carlson’s “Eden Trees (after Bruegel),” 2020, glazed porcelain. Mary Carlson and Kerry Schuss
NEW YORK--A miniature is a refuge from the trials of real life, an otherworldly little kingdom you can enter with your eyes. But the palm-size landscapes in the ceramist Mary Carlson’s “Eden,” most of them sourced from the peripheries of old master paintings, are different. “Eden Trees (after Bruegel),” a thick brown puddle of desert under a cluster of lumpy trees, is precisely rendered and shiny with glaze; “Eden (after Cranach)” features a trim little cave perfect for some tiny hermit; and in “Reservoir Blue Hills,” the only piece from life, the land is even more luscious blue than the water. [More

Through Oct. 31. Kerry Schuss, 73 Leonard Street, Manhattan; kerryschussgallery.com.