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Top five shows: Apr 25–May 1, 2013

The best of the week in art.

 (Photograph: © 2013 Chuck Close courtesy Pace Gallery)
Photograph: © 2013 Chuck Close courtesy Pace Gallery

“Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes” at Eykyn Maclean
This 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)
Photograph: Courtesy Mnuchin Gallery

Ellsworth Kelly, “Singular Forms 1966–2009” at Mnuchin Gallery
Kelly 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)
Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Hannah Starkey, “In the company of Mothers” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Women and their children are the subjects of these staged photos, burnished with a cinematic sheen. Through May 25

 (Photograph: Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy Newman Popiashvili Gallery

Basim Magdy, “A Steady Progress of Nothingness” at Newman Popiashvili Gallery
Disillusionment with the Arab Spring reverberates through this show by the Egyptian artist. Through May 4

 (Photograph: Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.)
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