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"At Betty Cuningham Gallery, on the Lower East Side, "Graham Nickson: Eye Level" surprised even those who have been following the British-born, New York painter for decades. Known for his large, enigmatic gatherings of agile full-length bathers, evocations of a modern-day Arcadia furnished with lifeguard's chairs and beach towels, and for superheated skyscapes, Nickson showed a series of about two dozen portrait heads, most of them painted in 2019. A small number had been made about fifteen years ago, while an intimate canvas about 10 inches square, one of the few where the sitter did not front the viewer, dated from 1972, when Nickson was juxtaposing rows of small panesl of early Renasissance devotional works."