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Dept. of culture
The Chelsea Flower Show (So To Speak)

Photo: Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg

Fake Estate, Julia Trotta’s diminutive Chelsea Arts Building gallery, hosted the opening of its first group show yesterday. Curated by photographer Glynnis McDaris, “What Comes Naturally” takes flowers as its subject. Eleven artists riffed on the theme, with Liz Goldwyn’s gold-dipped conch shell buckle standing in for wearable art, while Sarah Wood’s black paper and vinyl rose sculptures could just as easily have been ill-fated Manhattan house plants. Flowers were on the minds of Armory Show alum Marc Swanson and fashion photographer Joe Mama-Nitzberg, whose photographic renderings of Halston (an orchid) and the Germ’s Darby Crash (a wreath of blue hydrangeas), germinated from the couple’s gay icon project. The duo will stick to using organic materials to commemorate the rest of their subjects, one of whom is rumored to be Anna Nicole Smith. Make space on your living room wall.
—Alison Baenen