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

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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, September 22–Sunday, September 28

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Monika Sosnowska, Tower, 2014, installation view

Monika Sosnowska, Tower, 2014, installation view Photograph: Courtesy Hauser & Wirth New York

Monika Sosnowska, Tower

  • Critics choice
  • Free

There's a definite post-9/11 vibe to the work of this Polish sculptor, who creates huge twisting frameworks of steel that recall architectural elements deformed by war or disaster. The distressed nature of her objects, however, are contradicted by their smooth, powder-coated finishes in black or other colors, giving them an elegant formal presence. The work here is based on the structure of Mies van der Rohe’s undulating Chicago masterpiece, the Lake Shore Drive Apartments.

  1. Hauser & Wirth New York 511 W 18th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 25
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Jean-Luc Moulène, Blown Knot 2 21, Rubyemerald, Varia 01 (CIRVA, Marseille, October 2012), 2012

Jean-Luc Moulène, Blown Knot 2 21, Rubyemerald, Varia 01 (CIRVA, Marseille, October 2012), 2012 Photograph: Courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery

Jean-Luc Moulène, "Torture Concrete"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This show by the noted Parisian artist takes up both of Abreu's locations, and while drawings and photographs are included, the principal focus is on Moulène's sculptures in glass, steel and bronze, which could be described as organic or anatomical forms imbued with an ambiguously creepy vibe. A series of green-patinaed bronzes, for example, features what appear to be casts of pelvic bones, in whole or in part, impaled on tall, polelike stanchions.

  1. Miguel Abreu Gallery 36 Orchard St, between Canal and Hester Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Oct 26
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Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), 1970

Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), 1970 Photograph: Menil Collection

"Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Twombly (1928–2011) famously elevated scribbles, doodles and scratches to high art, but his abstract paintings were always rife with allusions to antiquity and classical mythology—due in no small measure to the fact that this Virginia native lived his whole life in Rome. The epic Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) was executed there in 1970, but because of its enormous size—it measures 33 feet across—it's rarely on display. The piece, on loan from the Menil Collection in Houston, TX, makes an unusual public appearance here along with its related drawings.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Jan 25
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Thomas Hart Benton,City Activities with Subway, from America Today, 1930–31

Thomas Hart Benton,City Activities with Subway, from America Today, 1930–31 Photograph: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Benton is generally known for being the crusty anti-Modernist teacher of Jackson Pollock, so it's somewhat ironic that his epic ten-panel mural, America Today, was commissioned in 1930 by New York’s New School for Social Research for the boardroom of its International Style building on West 12th Street. Even more ironic is the work's depiction of life during the country's explosively modern Jazz Age, though the painting was created at the onset of the Great Depression. Nevertheless, it is a classic of the mural form, and one of Benton's masterpieces. For years, the work was installed in the lobby of the old Equitable Building on Seventh Avenue; it was just recently donated to the Met by the AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. It makes its debut here in its new, and presumably permanent, home.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sun Apr 19
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Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving Project: Company Housing of Gwangju Theater, 2012

Do Ho Suh, Rubbing/Loving Project: Company Housing of Gwangju Theater, 2012 Photograph: Courtesy Lehmann Maupin

Do Ho Suh, "Drawings"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This two-part show at both Lehmann locations presents the noted Korean artist's works on paper, including an installation at the gallery's Chelsea space of life-size rubbings re-creating the interior of his former apartment.

  1. Lehmann Maupin 540 W 26th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Oct 25
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