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, May 25–Sunday, May 31

Michael Heizer, “Altars”

Critics' pick

Heizer pauses from working on his monumental sculptures in the Nevada desert, hopping off his bulldozer long enough to present vintage Minimalist paintings from the 60s and ’70s, as well as new sculptures meant for indoors.

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Gagosian Gallery Until Thursday July 2 2015 Free

Lee Quiñones

Critics' pick

Street art as we know it would be unimaginable without the contributions of Quiñones and other giants of graffiti's Golden Age. He helped to create the template for careers ranging from Keith Haring to Banksy. This pop-up show brings together little-seen mural studies from the ’70s and his more recent abstract paintings.

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Nicole Klagsbrun Until Sunday June 7 2015 Free

Richard Serra, Equal

Critics' pick

On view is a major new installation in forged, weatherproof steel by the art world’s god of heavy metal. The piece consists of four blunt columns arranged in a square, with each column formed by two massive blocks of steel stacked one on top of the other.  Brutalist and chthonic, Equal is wholly consistent with the uncompromising work we've come to expect from Serra. 

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David Zwirner Until Friday July 24 2015 Free

“David Salle: New Paintings”

Critics' pick

Salle’s latest paintings pick up from where an earlier 1993 series left off, with collagelike compositions of ads and other pop-cultural imagery—an approach heavily indebted, now as then, to James Rosenquist.

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Skarstedt Gallery Until Saturday June 27 2015 Free

Sigmar Polke, “Silver Paintings”

Critics' pick

Germany’s consummate pop prankster is best known for joining forces with Gerhard Richter to create Capitalist Realism, but as his 2014 MoMA survey amply demonstrated, that was but a tip of the iceberg. His work wandered all over the place, often into strange experiments involving toxic materials. The abstract works here were created using various solutions of silver (silver bromide, silver sulfate and silver nitrate) painted on linen and sealed with varnish. The effects are weird, compelling, ghostly—in short, pure Polke.

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Michael Werner Until Saturday June 27 2015 Free
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Jeff W
Jeff W

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