Top five shows: May 16–22, 2013

The best of the week in art.

Photograph: Charles Benton

Aiko Hachisuka at Eleven Rivington
The soft sculptures by this Japanese-born L.A. artist are made from fabrics that were trussed, bunched or creased, while the artist silk-screened them in various vivid colors. Through June 14

Photograph: Courtesy Pace Gallery

Yoshitomo Nara at Pace Gallery
New paintings, bronzes and works on paper are on offer from the hugely popular Japanese artist, making his Pace debut. Through June 29

Photograph: Courtesy of Palermo Archive/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

“Palermo: Works on Paper 1976–1977” at David Zwirner
These minimalist abstract renderings are testaments to the German artist’s uncanny handling of form, composition and color. Through June 29

Photograph: Courtesy Mitchell-Inness & Nash

Nicolas de Staël at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Paint applied in thick impasto is the stylistic hallmark of this midcentury School of Paris artist, whose canvases hover between abstraction and representation. The dozen works here date from the 1950s, De Staël’s high point. Through May 31

Photograph: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

“New Harmony: Abstraction Between the Wars, 1919–1939” at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
This collection show surveys the evolution of abstract art in Europe during the interwar years. Through Sept 8