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The top five New York art shows this week

Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don't want to miss, including gallery openings and more

Photograph: Courtesy Luhring Augustine
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, “The Marionette Maker”

With New York's art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you'll want to be sure to catch significant shows. Time Out New York rounds up the top five art exhibitions of the week, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

Monday, May 2–Sunday, May 8

Mike Kelley, “Shaped Paintings”

Created in the mid-1990s, Kelley's shaped paintings marked the artist ’s return to the medium after a prolonged spell of focusing on performance and installation art. They also coincided with his magnum opus of the period: A sprawling tabletop sculpture titled Educational Complex. An agglomeration of architectural models representing each of the schools Kelley had attended, the piece explored of the social and psychological constraints imposed by formal training, especially in the field of art. Indeed, as a student, Kelley had to reckon with the reality of radical styles like Abstract Expressionism being imposed as academic canon. As he himself put it, “My education must have been a form of mental abuse, of brainwashing.” The work here delves into some of the same issues, particularly in a series of ovals in which Kelley deconstructs various modernist tropes—such as Hans Hofmann’s “push-pull” theory of color—by filtering them through images culled for childhood memory.

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Skarstedt Gallery , Chelsea Until Wednesday June 15 2016

Andra Ursuta, “Alps”

Controversy has sometimes dogged the work of this Romanian sculptor and installation artist. She caused a stir, for example, with a life cast of herself naked, except for sneakers, sprawled on the floor like a dead body at a crime scene crushed underneath an unseen weight. The figure was also covered in white, waxy blobs—a reference to bukkake porn that was unmistakable. Ursuta’s work often deals marginalized groups—women, minorities, refugees—and the relatively low value placed on their lives by society at large. Dark irony and a taste for the abject are hallmarks of her art.

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New Museum of Contemporary Art , Lower East Side Until Thursday June 16 2016

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, “The Marionette Maker”

A full-scale vintage camping trailer serves as a theater for a puppet show featuring marionettes performing an opera and/or otherwise acting out different scenes—including a rather self-reflexive one of puppet-maker in his workshop. Viewers can walk around the vehicle, taking in the various tableaux playing out through the windows. Taken as a whole, the work offers a sort of outdoor expedition through the uncanny valley.

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Luhring Augustine , Chelsea Until Saturday June 11 2016

“But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa”

The third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative series, this show surveys some of the trends in contemporary art in Middle East and North Africa, as well as the work of artists from those regions who are now scattered around the world. On tap are installations, photographs, sculptures, videos and works on paper from a broad range of artists whose works ofter reflect the conflicts of the region.

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , Upper East Side Until Wednesday October 5 2016
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10 comments
Anthony D
Anthony D

This publication is totally missing out on  the best Artist in America, I saw this artist work at Wichita State University of last year, this artist took recyclables and woven them like Rumpelstiltskin did with straw, in other words taking trash, and turning it into works that stir up a persons desire on site, and demands your attention. If Time Out of New York ignore this guy, you're truly missing a rising Star.

verushka W
verushka W

@Anthony D What is the artists name you're referring to? I would like to check it out.

Anthony K
Anthony K

Won't be looking to TimeOutNY's laughable, trend-following dilettantes for gallery recommendations anytime soon.

April P
April P

madgallerynyc.com 

RSVP, free, Saturday , October 17th, stop in anytime from 5 pm- 10 pm

Walter S
Walter S

Check out ROCK STAR CRYSTALS as part of your Chelsea Gallery tour this Fall.  It's a twist on the Chelsea art scene because they feature Crystals and Minerals with spotlights!  212 675 3065 or go to www.rockstarcrystalsmanhattan.com  They just opened this August,

Jesus K
Jesus K

Mediocrity is the order of the day. From a concerned SF resident.

Jeff W
Jeff W

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