The top five New York art shows this week

Check out our art critic's suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss

With an art scene as prominent and ever-changing as New York’s, you don’t want to miss these essential exhibitions. From the best photography and art galleries to shows at NYC institutions like the Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim, Time Out rounds up the top five art shows of the week.

Monday, January 26–Sunday, February 1

"Matters of Pattern"

Repeating motifs, paradigms, archetypes and the like unite the works in this classy show, which features a stellar cast of artists that includes Louise Bourgeois, Mike Kelley, Cindy Sherman and Christopher Wool.

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Skarstedt Gallery Tuesday February 3 2015 - Saturday February 21 2015 Free

Vera Lutter

Critics' pick

Views of New York, including such iconic landmarks as the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, are the subjects of this German photographer's latest show. As usual, the works have been created using her trademark technique: Transforming an empty shipping container (or room) into a gigantic camera obscura. The results are equally huge, comprising negative images with a nightmarish, Twilight Zone vibe.

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Gagosian Shop Tuesday February 3 2015 - Saturday March 7 2015 Free

Outsider Art Fair 2015

Critics' pick

If your tastes in art range from folky and visionary to surreal and paranoid, head over to the annual fair devoted to self-taught artists, where you'll find all of that and more. On tap are works presented by 50 international galleries from 27 cities representing 8 countries—including painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed-media and photography. Also on view: A special exhibition spotlighting five artists (Melvin Way, Emery Blagdon, Adolf Wölfli, Mark Lombardi and the Philadelphia Wireman) curated by art dealer Jay Gorney and artist, writer and Time Out contributor Anne Doran.

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Center 548 Sunday February 1 2015

Djordje Ozbolt, "More paintings about poets and food"

Critics' pick

Born in Belgrade (while it was still in Yugoslavia), Ozbolt has called London home since the 1990s. Since then, he's established a reputation for creating paintings and sculpture featuring generous helpings of the bizarre and macabre. His work is a surreal stew of styles (both Western and not), brimming art-historical and pop-cultural references, as well as his takes on traditional genres such as landscape, portraiture and still life. All of it is occasionally spiced with passages of abstraction. The results are apiece with the contemporary vogue for mix-and-match painting, but Ozbolt's panache and technical skills set him apart. An allegorist of his own imagination, Ozbolt knows how to grab your attention.

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Hauser & Wirth New York Tuesday February 3 2015 - Saturday February 21 2015 Free

Christopher Knowles

Critics' pick

On view are large versions of Knowles's "typings" series of drawings done on a typewriter, including pictograms that form progressions of the letter C (for Christopher). They remain the best-known work by this autistic poet and artist who provided the libretto for Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s 1976 avant-garde opera, Einstein on the Beach.

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Gavin Brown's Enterprise Until Sunday February 22 2015 Free

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Jeff W
Jeff W

Cocktail gallery reception in Tribeca tonight for my work..for those interested.