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: Oct 4–10, 2012

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Photograph: Jens Ziehe“Picasso Black and White” at Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumAs 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
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Photograph: Roland SchmidAlina Szapocznikow, “Sculpture Undone: 1955–1972” at Museum of Modern ArtSzapocznikow (1926–1973) created eerie, unsettling objects with casts taken from her own body. Sun 7–Jan 28
 (Photograph: Ron Amstutz)3/5
Photograph: Ron AmstutzWade Guyton at Whitney Museum of American ArtThe artist’s first midcareer survey features his digital update on minimalist abstraction. Thu 4–Jan 13
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Photograph: Worcester Art MuseumSilver Wind: The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761–1828)” at Japan SocietyThis 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
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Photograph: Courtesy Eleven RivingtonKatrin Sigurdardottir, “Ellefu” at Eleven RivingtonSigurdardottir builds Lilliputian reconstructions of various rooms from her childhood home, using memory and family photos as guides. Fri 5–Nov 4

Top five shows: Oct 4–10, 2012

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle

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