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Top five shows: 14–20, 2013

The best of the week in art.

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Photograph: © Murakami Makiko and the former members of the Gutai Art Association

“Gutai: Splendid Playground” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Gugg presents the first major U.S. retrospective devoted to the postwar Japanese artists affiliated with the cutting-edge Gutai Art Association. Fri 15–May 8

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Photograph: John Wronn

“Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth” at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
On view are the artist’s multiples, made with such unorthodox materials as chocolate and rabbit turds. Sun 17–June 24

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Photograph: Courtesy James Cohan Gallery

Shinique Smith, “Bold as Love” at James Cohan Gallery
Graffiti flourishes and sacred geometries come together in the artist’s mixed-media works. Fri 15–Mar 16

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Photograph: National Gallery

Degas, Miss La La, and the Cirque Fernando” at The Morgan Library & Museum
On loan from London’s National Gallery, Degas’s 1879 painting of the female aerialist and circus star is joined here by his various preparatory studies for the finished canvas. Fri 15–May 12

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Photograph: Courtesy 303 Gallery

Doug Aitken, “100 Years” at 303 Gallery
A crater excavated in the gallery floor serves as the catch basin for the show’s centerpiece: a “sonic fountain” creating a symphony of drips from nozzles in the ceiling. Through Mar 16

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