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“Claxons” at Haunch of VenisonWalter Robinson, Elisabeth Kley, Robert Goldman (Bobby G.) and John Drury are the four artists bringing the noise to this summer group exhibition, titled after a very loud horn. Thu 19–Aug 17
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Photograph: © 2012 Artists Rights Society“Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000” at Museum of Modern Art This show of child-related 20th-century high design—with toys, furniture, storybook illustrations and related items—is anything but kids’ stuff. Sun 29–Nov 5
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Photograph: The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation“Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper” at The Morgan Library & MuseumOil studies for the Albers’s famous color series, “Homage to the Square,” are given a rare outing in the first-ever survey of this important sideline to his work. Fri 20–Oct 14
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Photograph: © Center for Visual MusicOskar Fischinger, “Space Light Art–A Film Environment” at Whitney Museum of American ArtArguably the first multiscreen, multimedia projection piece ever, Fischinger’s 1926 Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art) is a hallucinatory mind-blower. Through Oct 28
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Photograph: Michael Werner GalleryJames Lee Byars, “The Monument to Cleopatra” at Michael WernerA gilded marble entablature in a vitrine is the centerpiece of this show by one of art’s most enigmatic figures. Through Aug 31

Top five shows: July 19–25, 2012

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle
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