The top five New York art shows this week

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Photograph: Courtesy Ronald Feldman Gallery
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, Nov 12–Sunday, Nov 18

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Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962
Photograph: Tate, London, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Art, Contemporary art

“Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again”

icon-location-pin Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
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In a certain sense, this retrospective of the career of Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is somewhat redundant. After all, if you want to see his work, just look around you: Warhol anticipated our free-market cultural landscape of short attention spans and narcissistic social media engagements. But he also represented a classic example of American self-invention, going from a skinny, nerdy kid from Pittsburgh to the world’s most famous artist. This show, the first major Warhol survey since 1989, takes the measure of his achievements.

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Rico Gatson, Mask Painting #3, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Ronald Feldman Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Rico Gatson, “My Eyes Have Seen”

icon-location-pin Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Soho
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The “dark grief” of African-American history is the subject of Rico Gaston’s latest show, which comprises film, paintings, sculpture and drawings. Along with compositions mining African tribal motifs, as well as portraits of civil rights heroes, the highlights include a video shot during a trip to Mississippi. In it, Gaston follows the trail of events leading to Emmett Till’s 1955 lynching and aftermath: From the store where the 14-year-old supposedly whistled at a white woman (which, decades later, she admitted never happened), to the site of his murder, to the spot where his mutilated body was dumped into the river by his executioners.

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Salman Toor, Eleventh Street, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Aicon Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

Salman Toor, “Time After Time”

icon-location-pin Aicon Gallery, East Village
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In his latest paintings, Salman Toor meditates on his life as a gay artist who divides his time between two diametrically opposite communities: New York, where he can live and love openly, and his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan, where the dictates of family and religion demand that he suppress his identity. The conflict plays out in scenes of everyday life suffused with a poignant sense of being trapped between worlds.

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Lorraine O'Grady, Cutting Out CONYT 04, 1977/2017
Photograph: Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates
Art, Contemporary art

Lorraine O’Grady, “Cutting Out CONYT”

icon-location-pin Alexander Gray Associates, Chelsea
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In 1977, Lorraine O’Grady created a series of 26 collages titled “Cutting Out The New York Times (CONYT),” in which the veteran artist snipped headlines and bits of display type from the Gray Lady to create “found newspaper poems.” They reflected O’Grady’s observations about being a woman of color, and in this show, she revisits and revises those works, refashioning them as “haiku diptychs” bridging her experiences between then and now.

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Olga Chernysheva, Autoradio, 2018
Photograph: Courtesy Foxy Production
Art, Contemporary art

Olga Chernysheva, “Autoradio”

icon-location-pin Foxy Production, Chinatown
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The Russian artist boils down the ennui of existence into painted vignettes portraying snatches of Moscow life (people in cars stuck in traffic; passengers crowding subway escalators; beachgoers at the water’s edge) with quick, cartoonish brushstrokes.

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