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, October 13–Sunday, October 19

1
Henri Matisse, The Codomas (Les Codomas), 1943

Henri Matisse, The Codomas (Les Codomas), 1943 Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

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  • Critics choice

It was rather late in life that Henri Matisse (1869–1954) began to create one of his most extraordinary bodies of work. Starting in the 1940s, he cut out shapes from colored paper, arranging them into compositions that sometimes seemed to push into pure abstraction. Even when they didn't, the forms he employed—nude figures, floral motifs—appeared to float in space, and it is this sense of buoyancy that makes these paintings among the most compelling in his oeuvre. MoMA's survey is the first to focus on this aspect of his career since 1961, and if anything, the works have only gained in power in the intervening years.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sun Feb 8
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2
Georges Braque, "Bottle of Rum," 1914

Georges Braque, "Bottle of Rum," 1914 Collection of Leonard A. Lauder

"Cubism"

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These 80 paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection—all promised gifts to the Met—represent the first time they have been shown in public, offering an opportunity to revisit the seminal early 20th century movement through the taste of one patron. The contributing artists comprise a mighty quartet of Braque, Gris, Léger and Picasso.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Wed Dec 31
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3
Jean-Luc Mylayne, No. 191 Janvier Février, 2004

Jean-Luc Mylayne, No. 191 Janvier Février, 2004 Courtesy Galdstone Gallery

Jean-Luc Mylayne

  • Critics choice
  • Free

It isn't hard to imagine birds being skittish in front of a camera, but in his gorgeous, large-format color photos, the French artist has managed to capture avian life in often intimate settings that evoke a sublime equipoise between animal and nature. His secret? Waiting for weeks until his subjects become comfortable enough for him to trip the shutter without scattering them.

  1. Gladstone Gallery 515 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Fri Oct 17 - Sat Nov 8
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4
Heinz Mack Das Klavierkonzert, 1962

Heinz Mack Das Klavierkonzert, 1962 Courtesy Sperone Westwater

"Heinz Mack: From ZERO to Today, 1955–2014"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Coinciding with the Guggeheim's survey of the postwar ZERO group, this exhibition focuses on the work of the group's cofounder, collecting examples that span nearly 60 years. Mack's ongoing interest has been the exploration of light through various permutations of geometric abstraction based on a grid format. Starting with shallow, monochromatic reliefs that literally illustrated the play of light and shadow, he's since progressed to painted canvases taking a colorist approach to the same theme.

  1. Sperone Westwater 257 Bowery, between E Houston and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Oct 14 - Sat Dec 13
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5
Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Vivre avec ça?! (Museion, Soleil Politique), 2014, still

Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Vivre avec ça?! (Museion, Soleil Politique), 2014, still

"Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Live Through That?!"

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  • Critics choice

This French artist combines performance, video and installation into site-specific productions whose point can often appear elusive, but which seem to focus on the idea of the body as the contested terrain between public and private selves. In one work for example, she reenacted the club act of Josephine Baker, the African-American cabaret star who enthralled Jazz Age Paris. In her version, Reynaud-Dewar danced in the nude, covered in what could only be described as full-body blackface. For her first U.S. museum show, she'll be presenting new work.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Wed Oct 15 - Sun Jan 25
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Jeff W
Jeff W

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