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 17–Sunday, November 23

Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1975

Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1975 Museum of Modern Art

"Nicholas Nixon: Forty Years of The Brown Sisters"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Starting in 1974, the renowned photographer began to shoot a yearly group portrait of his wife and her three sisters, and over time the series has become a poignant chronicle of the effects of time's inexorable march on one small group of women standing in for all of us. All 40 prints are on view, newly reprinted as 20 inch by 24 inch enlargements.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Nov 22 - Sun Jan 4
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Kara Walker, Terrible Vacation, 2014

Kara Walker, Terrible Vacation, 2014 Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Kara Walker, "Afterword"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This is the artist's first solo show since her blockbuster public-art project at the old Domino's Sugar refinery in Williamsburg. On view are studies for the centerpiece, a massive sphinx, as well as the actual retinue of boys made of molasses that accompanied it. The creature's gigantic front paw is also included, along with drawings made during the Williamsburg installation that reflect upon the massive audience response to the piece. A large watercolor "interpretation" of J.M.W. Turner’s The Slave Ship from 1840 wraps up the proceedings.

  1. Sikkema Jenkins & Co. 530 W 22nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Jan 17
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James Hoff, Skywiper No. 13, 2014

James Hoff, Skywiper No. 13, 2014 Courtesy the artist and Callicoon Fine Art

James Hoff, "Skywiper"

  • Free

Hoff's abstract photos are created by introducing a computer virus or worm into a digital file, thus creating corrupted images resembling brightly chromatic blurs, streaks and bands. The show title refers to one of two programs used, the other being Stuxnet, an industrial-grade worm largely credited with sabotaging Iran's nuclear weapons effort.

  1. Callicoon Fine Arts 124 Forsyth St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10002
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory, 1891

Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne in the Conservatory, 1891 Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Madame Cézanne"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Although Paul Cézanne’s wife was his most frequently painted subject, she’s been given short shrift by art historians, who have tended to focus on the artist’s still lifes, landscapes and figurative studies of bathers. As a remedy, the Met gathers paintings, drawings and watercolors, featuring Hortense Fiquet (the spouse in question) from its collection, as well as from others in Asia, Europe and the United States.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Nov 19 - Sun Mar 15
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Sigmar Polke, "Photocopierarbeiten," installation view

Sigmar Polke, "Photocopierarbeiten," installation view Courtesy Fergus McCaffrey

Sigmar Polke, "Photocopierarbeiten"

  • Free

In the early 1990s, when Sigmar Polke began using a copier, Photoshop was only a few years old and confined to commercial-design firms. Yet in these black-and-white images dating from that period, Polke managed to create exaggerated, Photoshop-filter-like effects by dragging halftone images and old engravings across a Xerox machine's scanning bed—a technique that resulted in scores of images that pushed his long-term fascination with Ben-Day dots in a hallucinogenic direction.

  1. Fergus McCaffrey 514 W 26th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 1011
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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