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, August 24–Sunday, August 30

Spencer Finch,​​ A Certain Slant of Light (detail), 2014

Spencer Finch,​​ A Certain Slant of Light (detail), 2014 Photograph: Graham S. Haber; © The Morgan Library & Museum; © Spencer Finch; 2014

"A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan"

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Finch has created a site-specific installation for the Morgan's four-story, glass-enclosed Gilbert Court in which color and light are used to create a calendar meant as an homage to the hand-painted, medieval Books of Hours, marking the seasons and holidays. Finch's piece does something similar with colored films (grouped to denote winter, spring, summer and fall) applied on windows and additional sheets of glass hung from the ceilings. As the sun's arc changes from month to month, its light shines through the colors associated with that part of its yearly progress across the sky, putting a literal, cosmic twist on the idea of an illuminated text.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Tue Aug 19 - Wed Dec 31
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Miquel Barceló, Eleanor, 2013

Miquel Barceló, Eleanor, 2013 Photograph: Courtesy Acquavella Galleries; Art © 2013 Miquel Barceló / Artists Rights Society (ARS); New York / ADAGP; Paris

Dubuffet | Barceló

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This shows juxtaposes paintings by renowned Frenchman Jean Dubuffet (1901–85) with those by the Spanish contemporary artist Miquel Barcelo, whose work is influenced by Dubuffet's figurative style and use of pronounced surface textures.

  1. Acquavella Galleries 18 E 79th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10075
  2. Until Fri Sep 19
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Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Flying low (Volando bajo), Mexico City, 1988

Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Flying low (Volando bajo), Mexico City, 1988 Photograph: Collection Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski; © Pablo Ortiz Monasterio

"Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013"

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On tap are photographs created over nearly 70 years from eight Latin American countries, all of them capturing the energy, political unrest and broader chaos of the region's major cities.

  1. International Center of Photography 1133 Sixth Ave, at 43rd St
  2. Tue Aug 19 - Sun Sep 7
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Jasper Johns, Study for Regrets, 2012

Jasper Johns, Study for Regrets, 2012 Photograph: Jerry Thompson; © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA; New York; NY

"Jasper Johns: Regrets"

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  • Critics choice

Painter Lucian Freud is the subject of this small gathering of Jasper Johns's latest works, which includes two paintings, two prints, four ink-on-plastic drawings and several pencil sketches. The view of Freud is derived from a black-and-white photo by British photographer John Deakin, one of a series used by yet another artist, Francis Bacon, to create his own portraits of Freud. As he sometimes has throughout his career, Johns utilizes a mirrored doubling of the image as a compositional effect, while transforming certain details of the photo—including its creases, tears and areas where the picture has been lost—into motifs that are repeated and reworked over successive iterations.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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Jordan Casteel, Elijah, 2013, courtesy the artist and Sargent’s Daughters

Jordan Casteel, Elijah, 2013, courtesy the artist and Sargent’s Daughters

Jordan Casteel, "Visible Man"

  • Critics choice

Flipping the script on the title of Ralph Ellison's acclaimed novel, Invisible Man, Casteel offers a portrait series of naked African-American men who are most decidely present, laying in repose or seated but always with their gaze leveled at the viewer. Casteel got her MFA at Yale, and like most painters from there, she mixes and matches art-historical styles, with echoes of German Expressionism and the work of Alice Neel.

  1. Sargent’s Daughters 179 East Broadway, between Jefferson and Rutgers Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Aug 20 - Sun Sep 14
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