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Top five shows: Oct 4–10, 2012

The best of the week in art.

 (Photograph: Jens Ziehe)
Photograph: Jens Ziehe

“Picasso Black and White” at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
As in every other category of art, Picasso dominated when it came to creating works in black and white. This career-spanning show surveys his lifelong exploration of the unlimited possibilities to be found in a limited palette. Fri 5–Jan 23

 (Photograph: Roland Schmid)
Photograph: Roland Schmid

Alina Szapocznikow, “Sculpture Undone: 1955–1972” at Museum of Modern Art
Szapocznikow (1926–1973) created eerie, unsettling objects with casts taken from her own body. Sun 7–Jan 28

 (Photograph: Ron Amstutz)
Photograph: Ron Amstutz

Wade Guyton at Whitney Museum of American Art
The artist’s first midcareer survey features his digital update on minimalist abstraction. Thu 4–Jan 13

 (Photograph: Worcester Art Museum)
Photograph: Worcester Art Museum

Silver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761–1828)” at Japan Society
This Japanese poet, master craftsman and artist is known especially for his exquisite folding screens, which feature images from nature painted over gold or silver leaf. Through Jan 6

 (Photograph: Courtesy Eleven Rivington)
Photograph: Courtesy Eleven Rivington

Katrin Sigurdardottir, “Ellefu” at Eleven Rivington
Sigurdardottir builds Lilliputian reconstructions of various rooms from her childhood home, using memory and family photos as guides. Fri 5–Nov 4