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Brad Kahlhamer at Jack Shainman Gallery

Drawing on his Native American roots and life in downtown New York (where he’s lived for over 30 years), Brad Kahlhamer creates a new culture populated by figures based on Hopi katsina dolls and enigmatic heroes. (At Jack Shainman Gallery’s 20th Street location through April 26th).

Brad Kahlhamer, background: American Horse, acrylic, ink, spray paint and pencil on bed sheet, 94 ½ x 72 ½ inches, 2014. Foreground: Next Level Figures, wood, wire, bells, leather, acrylic, mirrors, spray paint, 2014.

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Benny Andrews in ‘Rising Up/Uprising’ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Born to Georgia sharecroppers, based in New York, the late American painter Benny Andrews used his personal history to address injustice in works like this chilling painted collage of a monstrous hunter and his beastly hound. It’s a standout in the excellent ‘Rising Up/Uprising’ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, a show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (In Chelsea through May 3rd).

Benny Andrews, Hunters, 1989, oil on canvas with painted fabric collage and zipper, 72 1/8 x 52 inches.

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Matthew Brandt at Yossi Milo Gallery

LA-based photographer Matthew Brandt uses old technology to make up-to-date photographs in his latest show at Chelsea’s Yossi Milo Gallery. For this image of a pre-historical creature, he coated an aluminum plate with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits, covered it with a negative he shot of the fossil, and exposed it to light to record a fixed image. (Through May 10th).

Matthew Brandt, La Brea B2, heliograph made with tar from the La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, California, on aluminum, unique, 2013.

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Martin Kippenberger, ‘Raft of the Medusa,’ at Skarstedt Gallery

Late German artist Martin Kippenberger stepped into the role of the living, dying, hopeful and lost by portraying different characters from Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa in his 1996 series of paintings and these photos, shot by his wife Elfie Semotan. (At Skarstedt Gallery, Upper East Side, through April 26th).

Martin Kippenberger, photographs by Elfie Semotan, installation view of ‘Raft of the Medusa’ at Skarstedt Gallery, April 2014.

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Römer and Römer at Freight and Volume Gallery

Berlin-based artist couple Nina Römer and Torsten Römer travel the world photographing youth subcultures doing their own thing; here, two girls strut their Japanese street fashions. (At Freight and Volume, Chelsea, through April 26th.)

Römer & Römer, Face to Face, 79 x 104 inches, 2010.