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: Dec 27, 2012-Jan 2, 2013

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Photograph: Courtesy: Jack Shainman GalleryEl Anatsui, “Pot of Wisdom” at Jack Shainman GalleryThe acclaimed African artist offers his sublime wall hangings woven out of recycled materials, including twist-off metal bottle caps and lengths of copper wiring. Through Jan 19
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Photograph: Courtesy Yossi Milo GalleryChris McCaw, “Marking Time” at Yossi Milo GalleryMcCaw uses a large-format camera to subject pieces of vintage photo paper to outdoor exposures for up to 24 hours. As a result, the sun’s rays actually singe the paper, leaving an arcing burn mark that traces across the sky. Through Jan 19
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Photograph: Courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery“Henry Darger: Landscapes” at Ricco/Maresca GalleryThis show focuses on the role that landscape plays in the creation of Darger’s fantastical Vivian Girls universe. Through Feb 2
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Photograph: Courtesy ZieherSmithTucker Nichols, “Rocks & Plants” at ZieherSmithBits of Sheetrock, wood and found objects, combined with a naive style of rendering subject matter, distinguish the work of this artist, whose fondness for plant life as a theme is undoubtedly influenced by his father, a champion flower arranger. Through Jan 26
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Photograph: Courtesy Nicelle Beauchene GalleryLouise Despont, “Tide Fulcrum & the Motion of Fixed Stars” at Nicelle Beauchene GalleryDespont’s delicately rendered, celestial-themed drawings resemble prayer rugs. Through Jan 20

Top five shows: Dec 27, 2012-Jan 2, 2013

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle

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