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Top five shows: Dec 6–12, 2012

The best of the week in art.

 (Photograph: Courtesy Mary Ellen Mark)
Photograph: Courtesy Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark, “Prom” at Janet Borden
If Mary Ellen Mark had been your prom photographer, you would’ve looked much less awkward. Mark displays black-and-white portraits from 13 high-school proms. Through Jan 12

 (Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Charles Ray at Matthew Marks Gallery
Three new solid-steel sculptures are on display. Weighing in at a combined 8,900 pounds, the self-explanatory sculptures are called Sleeping Woman, Young Man and Shoe Tie. Through Jan 12


Revisionist Art: Thirty Works by Bob Dylan” at Gagosian Gallery
The acclaimed singer-songwriter also dabbles in art, and this timely exhibition features 30 silk-screened pieces based on revised magazine covers. Through Jan 12

 (Photograph: Courtesy Tracy Williams)
Photograph: Courtesy Tracy Williams

Peter Stichbury, “Superfluous Man” at Tracy Williams, Ltd.
Stichbury explores the contemporary echoes of the brooding “Byronic hero,” world-weary and contemptuous of society. Through Dec 22

 (Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Gallery

Agnes Denes, “Sculptures of the Mind: 1968 to Now” at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects
For her notable land art piece, Wheatfield—A Confrontation, Agnes Denes harvested two acres of wheat in lower Manhattan some three decades ago. This exhibition spans nearly 35 years of her experimental, ecologically centered sculpture, works on paper and photographs. Through Dec 22