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“Piero Manzoni, A Retrospective” at Gagosian Gallery
If you don’t know much about the work of the Italian postwar enfant terrible (who once canned his own shit), now is your chance to catch up. 555 W 24th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-741-1111). Through Mar 21.

“Matta: Five Decades of Painting,” at PaceWildenstein gallery
One of the least well known of the Surrealists, this Chilean painter made pulsating, near-abstract art that prefigured Abstract Expressionism. 32 E 57th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-421-3237). Through Sat 28.

“Placing Milton Avery: Paintings and Prints from the Collection of the Neuberger Museum” at UBS Gallery
Kick it old New York school with these luminous landscapes and figurative works. 1285 Sixth Ave between 51st and 52nd Sts (212-713-2885). Through May 1.

“The Artist as Troublemaker” at the Austrian Cultural Forum
Bad-boy and -girl artists mix it up in this group show. 11 E 52nd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-319-5300). Through Mar 28.

“Moon Tears: Mapuche Art and Cosmology” at the Americas Society
The show offers ritual objects from the Mapuche people of Chile, the largest indigenous group in southern South America. 680 Park Ave at 68th St (212-249-8950). Through Apr 18.

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