Casting Himself in Different Modes

“Life Cast” starts with four hyper-real cast and painted sculptures of Elyse Poppers, an actress who plays key roles in videos in the other shows. A fifth sculpture, “Horizontal” gives us the artist, naked on a table looking lifelike but also like a corpse in a morgue. The show culminates in videos of the casting of Ms. Poppers. This bit of disclosure may be the apotheosis of Process Art. Here we see the thick fluids dispersed so wildly in the videos in Mr. McCarthy’s other shows put carefully to work. (Through July 26, 32 East 69th Street, Manhattan, 212-794-4970,

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