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Top five shows: Sept 27–Oct 3, 2012

The best of the week in art.

Photograph: Christopher Burke Studio

Mickalene Thomas, “Origin of the Universe” at Brooklyn Museum
Gustave Courbet’s notorious 1866 close-up of a naked female model’s genitals is one of the subjects the artist riffs upon in this midcareer survey. Fri 28–Jan 20

Photograph: Courtesy the artist Perry Rubenstein Gallery

“New Photography 2012” at Museum of Modern Art
This year’s edition of MoMA’s annual showcase of up-and-coming photographers includes works by Michele Abeles, Birdhead, Anne Collier, Zoe Crosher and Shirana Shahbazi. Wed 3–Feb 4

Photograph: Courtesy The Samuel Courtauld Trust

“Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery” at The Frick Collection
On view are works on paper from one of Britain’s most renowned art collections. Tue 2–Jan 27

Photograph: Courtesy the artists

Kerstin Brätsch at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
The painting half of Das Institut ventures into the medium of stained glass for her first solo show, creating pieces with Swiss master glassmaker Urs Rickenbach. Sat 29–Oct 27

Photograph: Ulrich Holz

Andra Ursuta, “Magical Terrorism” at Ramiken Crucible
The Romanian artist—whose most notable recent works include a nude life cast of herself covered in fake come—returns with new outrages. Through Oct 21

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