Top five shows: Nov 15–21, 2012

The best of the week in art.

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  • Photograph: Ay-O

    “Tokyo 1955–1970” at the Museum of Modern Art
    Some 300 works in all media represent a dynamic interval in Japanese postwar art, which coincided with the country’s recovery from the devastation of World War II and its transformation into a global economic superpower. Sun 18–Feb 25

  • Photograph: Courtesy the artist

    Martha Rosler, Meta-Monumental Garage Sale at the Museum of Modern Art
    The artist mounts a garage sale in MoMA’s second-floor atrium space; you can bring stuff to sell there too. Sat 17–Nov 30

  • Photograph: Courtesy the artist

    Amy O’Neill, “HLUSA” at the Swiss Institute
    HLUSA refers to Holy Land USA, an abandoned biblical theme park revisited in this show. Through Jan 27

  • Jeremy Deller at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
    Deller presents posters as well as biodocs of two British eccentrics: Adrian Street, a wrestler and cross-dresser; and Bruce Lacey, a creator of automatons and a comic performer who once worked with the Beatles, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Through Dec 15

  • Photograph: Courtesy Miguel Abreu Gallery

    Pieter Schoolwerth, “After Troy” at Miguel Abreu Gallery
    Over the past 15 years, Schoolwerth has pushed his style from Pop-inflected Surrealism to a metanarrative deconstruction of Western painting. Through Dec 22

Photograph: Ay-O

“Tokyo 1955–1970” at the Museum of Modern Art
Some 300 works in all media represent a dynamic interval in Japanese postwar art, which coincided with the country’s recovery from the devastation of World War II and its transformation into a global economic superpower. Sun 18–Feb 25


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