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, March 23–Sunday, March 29

Pieter Schoolwerth, “Your Vacuum Blows, which Sucks”

Critics' pick

Schoolwerth should probably be included on the long list of artists criminally omitted from MoMA’s “Forever Now” survey of contemporary painters, if for no other reason than his work is genuinely weird. His approach could be described as a compositional maelstrom in which figurative fragments and objects vanish into a wormhole of Photoshoplike effects and abstract flourishes, as if Stephen Hawking were channeling Francis Bacon or vice versa. The show’s title refers to an epiphany the artist had while cleaning his house with a subpar vacuum cleaner, which, he realized, “sucked” in both senses of the word. This duality of meaning becomes the theme for his latest show of paintings and drawings, as well as a video also called Your Vacuum Blows, which Sucks.

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Miguel Abreu Gallery Wednesday April 1 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015 Free

Joe Goode

Critics' pick

Goode is probably not that well-known to New York’s current art audience, but he was a seminal figure in the development of the Los Angeles art scene in the early 1960s. A colleague of Ed Ruscha, Goode was included in one of the very first exhibitions of Pop Art in America, “New Painting of Common Objects,” curated in 1962 by Walter Hopps at the former Pasadena (now Norton Simon) Museum. Goode’s work evolved over the ensuing years to include expansive painted views of the sky, which he then defaced by tearing away or gouging substantial portions of the image. Much like the slashed canvases of Italian abstractionist Lucio Fontana, Goode’s work focused on the space behind the painted surface. This show presents a small selection of his “Torn Cloud” and “Vandalism” series, dating between 1967 and 1976.

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Van Doren Waxter Tuesday March 31 2015 - Friday May 1 2015 Free

Alisa Baremboym

Critics' pick

Baremboym presents a spare installation of enigmatic objects, including ceramic grapefruit-size spheres, packed into upright cylindrical configurations held together by rings. Placed on the flooror pushed against stretchy vinyl sheets set into lit bays along one wall, they’re meant to evoke grapeshot canisters, an antipersonnel ordnance designed to inflict maximum shrapnel damage. Contrasting these is a black ramp-shaped piece, also on the floor, fabricated out of steel. A ceramic outline of the female reproductive system is fixed to its face, suggesting that the whole show is setting up a birth-death (or perhaps a male-female) dichotomy.

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47 Canal Wednesday April 1 2015 - Sunday April 5 2015 Free

Chamberlain|Prouvé

Critics' pick

John Chamberlain’s crushed-car sculptures have long been compared to the slashing brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism, an analogy that’s perfectly suitable but misses the more salient quality of Chamberlain's oeuvre: the way he compresses the kinetic energy of violence into stately, even opulent, forms. The inherent refinement of his work is made all the more evident thanks to this installation, in which French architect and designer Jean Prouvé places Chamberlain’s sculptures within and around a pair of elegant pavilions, including one that resembles a high-modern bungalow.

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Gagosian Gallery Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 4 2015 Free

Martín Soto Climent, "The Contemporary Comedy: Glossy Mist"

Critics' pick

The Mexican artist, who sometimes incorporates pantyhose in his objects and installations, has curated a group exhibition as part of his own show. Based on the prevalence of skulls and skeletal imagery, the common thread here is evidently death, in which case you might describe this show as memento mori by committee.

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Clifton Benevento Tuesday March 31 2015 - Saturday April 25 2015 Free

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Jeff W
Jeff W

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