Worldwide icon-chevron-right North America icon-chevron-right United States icon-chevron-right New York State icon-chevron-right New York icon-chevron-right Top five shows: Apr 25–May 1, 2013

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 (Photograph: © 2013 Chuck Close courtesy Pace Gallery)1/5
Photograph: © 2013 Chuck Close courtesy Pace Gallery“Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes” at Eykyn MacleanThis show features the large-format photos and Polaroids that Close used throughout his career to paint his signature portrait heads.  Through May 24
 (Photograph: Courtesy Mnuchin Gallery)2/5
Photograph: Courtesy Mnuchin GalleryEllsworth Kelly, “Singular Forms 1966–2009” at Mnuchin GalleryKelly offers a master class in how to make art that holds a wall with these shaped monochrome reliefs. Through June 1
 (Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery)3/5
Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar GalleryHannah Starkey, “In the company of Mothers” at Tanya Bonakdar GalleryWomen and their children are the subjects of these staged photos, burnished with a cinematic sheen. Through May 25
 (Photograph: Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery)4/5
Photograph: Courtesy Newman Popiashvili GalleryBasim Magdy, “A Steady Progress of Nothingness” at Newman Popiashvili GalleryDisillusionment with the Arab Spring reverberates through this show by the Egyptian artist. Through May 4
 (Photograph: Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.)5/5
Photograph: Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.Elizabeth Neel, “3 and 4 Before 2 and 5” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.Negative space is the place in these oil- and spray-paint abstractions, featuring voids left by masking tape. Through May 22

Top five shows: Apr 25–May 1, 2013

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle
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