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.
Monday, September 19–Sunday, September 25
Say what you want about Italian bad-boy artist Maurizio Cattelan: He knows how to pull a prank. He’s ended his self-imposed exile with this solid-gold working toilet for the Gugg that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Maurizio Cattelan, America, 2016
Photograph: Kris McKay
The art and design studio behind the hugely popular Rain Room at MoMA in 2013 returns with more examples of digitally-aided legerdemain, including an interactive, full-length “mirror” that blurs your refection.
Random International, Blur Mirror, 2016, detail
Photograph: Damian Griffiths
A dreamy, surreal amalgam of Expressionist and Symbolist tropes characterizes the art of this German artist who works in multiple mediums, including ceramics, weaving, drawing, painting and sculpture. His creations range from discrete objects to room-size installations that seem to grow out of the artist’s fantasies, reveries and personal memories. The term unique is too often applied to artists, but in the case of Althoff’s oeuvre, the label fits perfectly. Some 200 works spanning Althoff’s career is brought together in this survey, his first in an American museum.
Installation view of "Kai Althoff: and then leave me to the common swifts (und dann überlasst mich den Mauerseglern)"
Photograph: © Kai Althoff