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Top five shows: July 18–24, 2013

The best of the week in art.

 (Photograph: © The Estate of Robert Arneson/Licensed by VAGA; New York; NY; courtesy David Zwirner)
Photograph: © The Estate of Robert Arneson/Licensed by VAGA; New York; NY; courtesy David Zwirner

Robert Arneson, “Early Work” at David Zwirner
An exemplar of Northern California funk, Arneson was a key innovator in the medium of clay, pushing the boundaries of what ceramics could mean. Through Aug 9

 (Photograph: Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

John Baldessari, “Installation Works: 1987–1989” at Marian Goodman Gallery
This exhibition covers an important period during the late 1980s, when John Baldessari first embraced installation. Through Aug 23

 (Photograph: Courtesy of the artist)
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

Under My Skin: Nudes in Contemporary Photography” at Flowers
Skin, and lots of it, is indeed the focus of this exhibition. Through July 27

 (Photograph: Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery

“October 18, 1977” at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc.
Richter’s painting series on the Baader-Meinhof Gang serves as the jumping-off point for this group show. Through July 19

 (Photograph: Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery

Simon Fujiwara, Studio Pietà (King Kong Komplex) at Andrea Rosen Gallery
An old beach photo of the artist’s mother being lifted by a former boyfriend provides the source for this installation, which debuted at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial. Through Aug 9