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.

Friday, July 11–Thursday, July 17

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Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational Installation, 2013

Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational Installation, 2013 Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery

Hito Steyerl, "How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational

Big global issues—militarization, the flow of capital and digital data—are among the themes covered in the work of this Berlin artist and filmmaker, who presents two pieces here, including a video in which she is seen smashing an LCD flatscreen. Who hasn't felt that way about what is on TV?

  1. Andrew Kreps Gallery 537 W 22nd St , between Tenth and Eleventh Aves , 10011
  2. Until Fri Aug 15
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,  Divan Japonais, 1893

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,  Divan Japonais, 1893 Photograph: The Museum of Modern Art

"The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters"

MoMA takes viewers back to La Belle Époque in this survey of the graphic art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), surely one of the best-known and beloved names in art history. All of his iconic images are here, along with the landmarks of late-19th-century Parisian nightlife referenced therein, as well as its habitués onstage and in the audience.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Wed Dec 31
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teamLab, Crows are chased and the chasing crows are destined to be chased as well, Division in Perspective - Light in Dark, 2014

teamLab, Crows are chased and the chasing crows are destined to be chased as well, Division in Perspective - Light in Dark, 2014 Photograph: © 2014 teamLab; courtesy Pace Gallery

teamLab, "Ultra Subjective Space"

Pace hosts the first-ever U.S. exhibition of teamLab, a self-styled "ultra-technologist" group from Japan. Technology, as in the digital kind, is indeed on the menu in teamLab's poetical and visually arresting animated installations, which rival the effects found in movies and television commercials. One work, for example, depicts the image of a shoji-screen-style painting coming to life in the form of blossoms falling from a tree.

  1. Pace Gallery 510 W 25th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves , 10001
  2. Thu Jul 17 - Sat Aug 16
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Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, 1994-1996

Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, 1994-1996 Photograph: Courtesy the artists and Galerie Perrotin

Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler

Until Ericson's untimely death in 1995, this collaborative duo addressed an area generally ignored by the contemporary art world: America's heartland. Borrowing from both Conceptual and Land Art, they engaged local communities around the country to create site-specific works, such as painting a house in Charleston, SC, in a camouflage pattern, which they did with the consent of the house's owner and help from a nearby military base. Another piece consists of an American flag made out of preserve jars filled with carrots, peas and potatoes. These works were created without irony as celebrations of grassroots democracy and its values of self-governance, self-reliance and self-determination.

  1. Galerie Perrotin 909 Madison Ave , at 73rd St, 10021
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Liguid Metal, 2014

Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Liguid Metal, 2014 Erich Koyama

Nancy Rubins, "Our Friend Fluid Metal"

From more than 30 years, Rubins has been using mass quantities of mobile homes, aircraft fuselages and engines, canoes, water heaters and other detritus to create sculptural assemblages whose ambitions of scale never cease to astound. The results sublimate recognizable parts into an abstract whole that can evoke at times a tornado or giant blossom. Her latest works are created out of old playground rides mounted on steel springs that take such kid-friendly forms as carousel horses, cars and planes.

  1. Gagosian Gallery 522 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Thu Jul 17 - Sat Sep 13
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