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Top five shows: Oct 17–23, 2013

The best of the week in art.

 (Photograph: Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis)
Photograph: Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis

“Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis”
The Frick Collection, Tue 22–Jan 19
Thanks to a two-year renovation of the Netherlands’ magnificent Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the Hague, New Yorkers have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feast their eyes on some of the greatest masterpieces from Holland’s 17th-century golden age—including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. Tickets are available on the Frick’s website. Don’t wait to get them—this show is the one of the biggest cultural events of the fall.

 (Photograph: Jason Mandella)
Photograph: Jason Mandella

Thomas Eggerer, “Gesture and Territory”
Petzel Gallery, through Nov 9
Prosaic scenes of contemporary life (a couple on a bike ride, for example) are immersed in fields of rich, painterly flourishes, in the latest canvases by a German artist who lives and works in New York.

 (Photograph: Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery)
Photograph: Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery

Sophie Calle, “Absence”
Paula Cooper Gallery, Sat 18–Nov 16
The French artist mediates on the titular condition in two ongoing series: One is a film and a group of text-based works about the death of her mother in 2006; the other is about the 13 still-missing paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

 (Photograph: Courtesy the artists)
Photograph: Courtesy the artists

Enxuto & Love, “Anonymous Paintings”
Carriage Trade, through Nov 24
This collaborative duo neatly unpacks digital technology’s impact on art with salon-style installation of “paintings” that are actually blown-up screen grabs of works found on Google Art Project—specifically, examples that have been blurred for copyright protection. As a way of adding, perhaps, to their tail-eating proposition, the artists have rendered the images in 3-D comic-book fashion.

 (Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and Bureau New York)
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and Bureau New York

Tom Holmes, “Piss Yellow/Bars and Stars”
Bureau, through Nov 10
Holmes’s funerary monuments, which mine Pop Art and Postminimalism with equal abandon, memorialize nothing so much as contemporary culture. In his latest show, the Texan artist, who lives and works in Tennessee, doffs his hat to the deep red South, with wreaths of empty Cheetos bags and shrouds made from the Confederate flag.