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: Sept 27–Oct 3, 2012

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Photograph: Christopher Burke StudioMickalene Thomas, “Origin of the Universe” at Brooklyn MuseumGustave Courbet’s notorious 1866 close-up of a naked female model’s genitals is one of the subjects the artist riffs upon in this midcareer survey. Fri 28–Jan 20
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Photograph: Courtesy the artist Perry Rubenstein Gallery“New Photography 2012” at Museum of Modern ArtThis year’s edition of MoMA’s annual showcase of up-and-coming photographers includes works by Michele Abeles, Birdhead, Anne Collier, Zoe Crosher and Shirana Shahbazi. Wed 3–Feb 4
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Photograph: Courtesy The Samuel Courtauld Trust“Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery” at The Frick CollectionOn view are works on paper from one of Britain’s most renowned art collections. Tue 2–Jan 27
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Photograph: Courtesy the artistsKerstin Brätsch at Gavin Brown’s EnterpriseThe painting half of Das Institut ventures into the medium of stained glass for her first solo show, creating pieces with Swiss master glassmaker Urs Rickenbach. Sat 29–Oct 27
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Photograph: Ulrich HolzAndra Ursuta, “Magical Terrorism” at Ramiken CrucibleThe Romanian artist—whose most notable recent works include a nude life cast of herself covered in fake come—returns with new outrages. Through Oct 21

Top five shows: Sept 27–Oct 3, 2012

The best of the week in art.

By Howard Halle
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