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 26–May 2, 2012

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 (Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery / Madison Square Park Conservancy)1/5
Photograph: Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery / Madison Square Park Conservancy“Charles Long: Pet Sounds” at Madison Square ParkNo, Madison Square Park isn’t being invaded by alien blobs. Sculptor Charles Long’s project comes in peace, featuring colored railings with amorphous shapes that suggest creatures in a python’s gullet; running your hand over them produces sounds. Wed 2–Sept 9
 (Photograph: Courtesy Team Gallery)2/5
Photograph: Courtesy Team GalleryRyan McGinley at Team GalleryMcGinley himself may have aged out of the twentysomething cohort he’s so fond of photographing—with or without clothes on—but he keeps his focus on youth in this double show. Wed 2–June 2
 (Photograph: © The Lucian Freud Archive; Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource; NY)3/5
Photograph: © The Lucian Freud Archive; Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource; NY“Lucian Freud: Drawings” at Acquavella GalleriesWorks on paper dating from 1940 to the artist’s death in 2011 trace the evolution of his remorseless style. Tue 1–June 9
 (Photograph: Ludwig Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art; Budapest)4/5
Photograph: Ludwig Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art; BudapestDomenico Gnoli at Luxembourg & DayanA successful illustrator and set designer turned painter, Gnoli gave Pop Art a surreal vibe with canvases featuring details of dress and hairstyles. He had a smash show in 1969, but died the following year. This exhibit is his first since then. Thu 26–June 30
 (Photograph: Museum of Modern Art; courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures)5/5
Photograph: Museum of Modern Art; courtesy the artist and Metro PicturesCindy Sherman at Metro PicturesFresh off her MoMA retrospective, Sherman offers a new set of works in which she dons garments from the Chanel archive against landscape backdrops. Thu 26–June 9

Top five shows: Apr 26–May 2, 2012

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle
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