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Nancy Graves at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Marking the 20th anniversary of Nancy Graves’ death, a show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash of sculpture and paintings from the 80s based on maps of the ocean floor or the surface of the moon evidence a respect for nature and a drive to experiment with form. The exhibition also includes the camel sculptures that made her name in the late 60s/early 70s. (In Chelsea through March 7th).

Nancy Graves, installation view at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, Feb 2015.

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Lamar Peterson at Fredericks & Freiser

Is Lamar Peterson sick of painting? As he clutches his stomach in apparent discomfort in this tongue-in-cheek self-portrait, the artist appears to have taken in too much from the dishes of paint littering his bed. His sheets navigate the borders between hard-edge abstraction and messy representation, creating an amusing portrait of the artist uncomfortably inhabiting both styles. (At Chelsea’s Fredericks & Freiser Gallery through March 14th.)

Lamar Peterson, Satin Sheets, oil on canvas, 85 x 57 inches, 2014.

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Jasper de Beijer at Asya Geisberg Gallery

Inspired by a hermit living in the Maine woods with only a radio to hear news of the outside world, Dutch artist Jasper de Beijer created, then photographed paper dioramas depicting major world events from his memory rather than from documentation. Here (seen in detail), de Beijer recalls the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in all its terror. (At Chelsea’s Asya Geisberg Gallery through March 14th).

Jasper de Beijer, 12-26-2004 (from Mr Knight’s World Band Receiver’), c-print, 45×25” x 71,” 2014.

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Esko Mannikko at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Decay never looked as good as it does in Finnish photographer Esko Mannikko’s photograph of this mossy ceiling and orange curtain, typical of his photos of abandoned or derelict houses, cars and public places. (At Yancey Richardson Gallery in Chelsea through March 14th).

Esko Mannikko, Untitled, from the series Organized Freedom, archival pigment print in artist’s frame, 37 x 53 inches, 2012.

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Vera Lutter at Gagosian Gallery

New York-based German photographer Vera Lutter continues to makes beautiful, ghostly images with room-sized camera obscura, capturing scenes like this of an ephemeral Empire State Building in contrast to more stolid brownstones in the foreground. (At Gagosian Gallery’s 976 Madison Ave address through March 7th).

Vera Lutter, Empire State Building, II: November 28, 2014, unique gelatin print, 91 x 56 inches, 2014.