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Photograph: Courtesy of the filmmakers“Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets” at MoMAThe British filmmaking team (and twin brothers) known for its punky-gothic mix of collage, puppetry and stop-motion animation techniques is the subject of this retrospective. Through Jan 7
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Museum“Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way” at Brooklyn MuseumGiant glass beaded necklaces and other fantastical works are the métier of this French artist, whose art formally namechecks Surrealism, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art. Fri 17–Dec 2
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Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Kreps Gallery“Commercial Psycho” at Andrew Kreps GalleryThis group show probes the myriad interconnections between commercial and fine art. Through Aug 24
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Photograph: Courtesy Fred Torres CollaborationsJi Dachun, “Splendid Isolation” at Fred Torres CollaborationsFor his first solo show in the United States, the Chinese artist moves beyond the figurative work he’s known for to embrace abstract landscapes that combine Western modernist art with traditional Chinese painting. Through Sept 15
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Photograph: Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery“tête-à-tête” at Yancey Richardson GalleryPhotographs by African and African-American artists offer contemporary takes on the subject of the black body in this summer group roundup. Through Tue 21

Top five shows: Aug 16–22, 2012

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle
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