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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, July 27–Sunday, August 2

Michelle Segre, “Porous, Porous”

It’s hard to pin down Segre’s work, though her mixed-media sculptures do appear to contain bits of DNA from the work of Alexander Calder and David Smith: She combines the former’s surreal whimsy with the latter's  penchant for composing objects pictorially—less in the round than as flattened forms suspended in space. Though Segre also creates drawings that often achieve an almost psychedelic busyness, the pieces presented in this 24/7 MePA storefront showcase are sculptural. The fact that they can only be viewed from the street like a window display emphasizes their interplay between two and three dimensions.

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55 Gansevoort Until Sunday August 9 2015 Free

“Titus Kaphar: Selections from Asphalt and Chalk”

Kaphar’s chalk drawings on asphalt paper picture the faces of young African-American men layered one on top of the other, creating eerie multiplications of facial features that make them seem alien, somehow. The source for these for images are highly personally: His father Jerome had been incarcerated, and while researching his dad’s time in jail, the artist came across mug shots of men also named Jerome. Using this discovery as a jumping off point, Kaphar’s portrayals powerfully depict these subjects as pawns caught up in a system of white supremacy that refuses to differentiate them as individuals.

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MoMA PS1 Thursday July 30 2015 - Monday August 31 2015


Cosmology, metaphysics and science provide inspiration for the works in this far-out group show, which includes Tim Hawkinson’s basket-weave model of a wormhole, Alfred Jensen’s numerology-based painting and Julie Mehretu’s schematically nebulous canvas. Space is the place.

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Pace Gallery Until Friday August 14 2015 Free

Niele Toroni

Born near the Italian Alps in Muralto, Switzerland in 1937, Toroni was part of a generation of ’60s European minimalist painters who adopted strict sets of rules to create their work. In Toroni’s case that meant airy, all-over patterned compositions made by applying a series of the same short brushstroke, spaced the same distance apart in all directions—an arrangement that produced a sort staggered grid with each interstice separated by a generous amount of  space. While limited, this approach afforded a surprisingly wide range of variations in terms of shape, color, scale and format, including works executed on paper, fabric and in some instances,  directly onto walls as site-specific murals. This pocket survey provides a brief précis of the artist’s 50-year career. 

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Swiss Institute Wednesday July 29 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

“Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial”

The Bronx’s Museum’s AIM (Artist In the Marketplace) showcase presents a selection of works by up-and-coming artists who’ve participated in the museum’s two-year AIM program. This year’s round-up is as lively as ever, providing a must-seen opportunity for anyone looking to catch the art stars of tomorrow.

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Bronx Museum of the Arts Thursday July 30 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015 Free
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Jeff W
Jeff W

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