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: Nov 29–Dec 5, 2012

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Photograph: Courtesy Cleveland Museum of ArtGeorge Bellows at The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThough Bellows is generally considered the greatest 20th-century American Realist after Edward Hopper, this survey provides a much-needed reappraisal of his career, showing that his work was all about America’s rawboned dynamism. Through Feb 18
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Photograph: Courtesy the artistVaginal Davis, “HAG–small, contemporary, haggard” at Participant IncThe irrepressible queercore performer presents her first major solo exhibition of visual art. Through Dec 16
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Photograph: Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & NashKeltie Ferris at Mitchell-Innes & Nash GalleryThis young Brooklyn painter and Yale M.F.A. grad combines acrylic, oil and spray paint into allover compositions with the visual impact of street art. Thu 29–Jan 12
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Photograph: Courtesy Paul Kasmin GalleryDavid LaChapelle, “Still Life” at Paul Kasmin GalleryThe creepy meets the uncanny in the celeb photog’s latest images of shattered waxwork figures, including effigies of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Michael Jackson. Through Jan 19
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Photograph: Courtesy Gladstone GalleryHuang Yong Ping at Gladstone GalleryThis founding member of China’s Xiamen Dada group presents new works, tackling such topics as order and chaos, religion and power, and art’s relationship to each. Through Jan 19

Top five shows: Nov 29–Dec 5, 2012

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle
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