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, November 24–Sunday, November 30

1

Marianne Vitale, "Nine Worthies"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Vitale's large totemic sculptures are made from sections of railroad tracks, known as common crossings, that permit trains to smoothly switch routes. Repurposed here as attenuated forms recalling idols, they have an imposing presence.

  1. Zach Feuer 548 W 22nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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2

Sam Lewitt, "Casual Encounters"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The guts of computers and other digital doodads provide the material in both the physical and metaphorical sense for Lewitt's latest works. The show takes up both Abreu spaces, and while its overall conceit is a bit hard to follow, the pieces are compelling. Most notably, Lewitt employs the thin, flexible, plastic-backed copper used in electronic devices. The stuff is tacked to the walls and spread on the floor, with circuit-board patterns and strips cut and peeled from the sheets, leaving incised areas of negative space. The removed metal, in turn, is hung as twisting reliefs. In another series of wall sculptures, hard-drive magnets and retailer reward cards are skewered shish-kebab-style, resembling robotic spines.

  1. Miguel Abreu Gallery 36 Orchard St, between Canal and Hester Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 11
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3

Andreas Schulze, "Traffic Jam"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For a couple years now, Schulze has been concentrating on paintings depicting bulbously cartoonish subjects with an art-historical grab bag of styles distinguished by their weird range of borrowings—from Botero and De Chirico to Rousseau and Léger. This show maintains its course with images of fanciful, alien-looking cars and vans in profile, posed in highway landscapes.

  1. Team Gallery 47 Wooster St, between Broome and Grand Sts
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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4

"Eugène Atget: A Quiet Calling"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Ironically, one of the greatest names in the history of photography never considered himself an artist. Instead, Atget (1857–1927) prowled Paris, documenting its architecture and street scenes as reference photos he'd sell to painters. Aside from that, he was driven by a determination to capture all of Paris in this fashion and, in the bargain, arguably invented the genre of street photography. The pictures themselves are riveting for their haunting surrealism. This show of 30 photos is drawn from a single private collection.

  1. Pace/MacGill 32 E 57th St, between Madison and Park Aves, ninth floor
  2. Until Sat Jan 3
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5

Kader Attia, "Show your injuries"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The work of the French-Algerian Attia is informed by his experience as an immigrant, growing up in the Parisian suburbs between two very different cultures that haven't meshed particularly well. Like a lot of artists from nonwestern backgrounds, he faces the rather knotty problem of making it in a contemporary art world that, however global, is ultimately based on Western aesthetics. Nonetheless, Attia has pressed ahead with new installations for Lehmann Maupin's Chelsea and LES locations. He links Western art to colonialism and neocolonialism, evoking the deleterious effects of both in his show title.

  1. Lehmann Maupin 201 Chrystie St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Dec 14
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Jeff W
Jeff W

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