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: May 30–June 5, 2013

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 (Photograph: Courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise)1/5
Photograph: Courtesy Gavin Brown's EnterpriseJoe Bradley, “Lotus Beaters” at Gavin Brown’s EnterpriseBradley’s primitivistic blend of figuration and abstraction is notable for its caveman-could-do-it simplicity and compositional assurance. Through June 29
 (Photograph: Courtesy On Stellar Rays)2/5
Photograph: Courtesy On Stellar RaysMaria Petschnig, “Petschnigs’” at On Stellar RaysIncest and BDSM are the not-so-subtle subtexts of Petschnig’s work, especially in her current show, for which the gallery has been transformed to resemble a serial killer’s basement rec room. Through June 16
 (Photograph: Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery)3/5
Photograph: Courtesy Anton Kern GalleryShio Kusaka at Anton Kern GalleryThe L.A. ceramicist returns with more of her exquisite porcelain and stoneware pots. Through June 22
 (Photograph: Courtesy 47 Canal)4/5
Photograph: Courtesy 47 CanalAmy Yao, “Skeletons on a Bender” at 47 CanalYao celebrates summer and social climbing with a series of customized hardware ladders, each treated with the kind of fiberglass-and-varnish finish found on surfboards. Through June 23
 (Photograph: Courtesy Sperone Westwater)5/5
Photograph: Courtesy Sperone WestwaterMark Greenwold at Sperone WestwaterGreenwold’s dense, surreal compositions are marked by distorted bodily proportions and unsettling interactions (often sexual) between characters. Through June 28

Top five shows: May 30–June 5, 2013

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle

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