The top five New York art shows this week

Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including gallery openings and more
Photograph: Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park
By Howard Halle |
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With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant shows. Time Out New York rounds up the top five art exhibitions of the week, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.

Top 5 Monday, Oct 15–Sunday, Oct 21

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Installation view, Dorian Gaudin, The coffee cup Spring, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Nathalie Karg Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Dorian Gaudin, “The Coffee Cup Spring”

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In Gaudin’s latest installation, panels of frayed fiberglass printed with patterns, and bent into shapes evoking architectural elements or furnishings (stairs, a table), are arrayed around a central kinetic piece: A looping, bright yellow conveyor belt carrying a house plant and a coffee cup in endless rotation—a metaphor, perhaps, for the banality of domestic living.

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Mark Wallinger, Self Reflection, 2016
Photograph: Timothy Doyon, © Mark Wallinger, courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Zurich/New York/London/Somerset, U.K./Hong Kong
Art, Contemporary art

Mark Wallinger, “Study for Self Reflection”

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Reflections on power, authority, artifice and illusion are given literal expression in the gallery debut of this Turner Prize winner who works across multiple mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, video, performance and photography. The show’s the main attractions are two mirrored sculptures that weigh in on methods of control, both external and internal. The first is based on Scotland Yard’s iconic sign, featuring a three-sided form rotating atop a column, which Wallinger renders as an abstract police state totem. The second is a mirror configured specifically for the ceiling of Sigmund Freud’s London study, re-installed here with its original contours, only set in a larger space that makes it appear to be floating above the viewer, like a dream awaiting psychoanalyitical deconstruction.

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Elizabeth Neel, Widen Their Jaws, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Elizabeth Neel, “Tangled On The Serpent Chair”

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In her first New York solo in five years, Neel (granddaughter of Alice Neel) presents expansive abstract canvases, created with controlled pours of color, and wet canvases folded to create Rorschach test like compositions.

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Derrick Adams, Style Variation Grid #2 (from “Beauty World” series), 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Jeffrey Deitch
Art, Contemporary art

“Punch”

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Nina Chanel Abney curates a show of friends and peers that delivers on the titular effect. Derrick Adams, Katherine Bernhardt and Abney herself are among those contributing paintings and sculptures that combine visual panache with wokeness.

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Antone Konst, Free Peddler, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park
Art, Contemporary art

“The Socrates Annual, 2018”

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Socrates Sculpture Park’s yearly showcase of emerging talents contributing outdoor installations that include Antone Konst’s sinuous rendering of an itinerate peddler, Uganda artist Leilah Babirye’s chainsawed encomium to the LGBTQ community in her home country and Lionel Cruet minimalist cube-cum-musical instrument.

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