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Where a visitor can see some of the choicest art; A guide to New York's refreshing out-of-the-way galleries

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Allan Frumkin Gallery (50 W. 57th Street). Deals in art by both American iconoclastic and straight ''new realist'' artists. Among the former are William T. Wiley and Robert Arneson, and among the latter, Philip Pearlstein and Jack Beal.

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Galerie St. Etienne (24 W. 57th Street). Specializes in 19th and 20th-century Austrian and German art - as well as ''naive'' American art (such as Grandma Moses). An extraordinary gallery and one of the places to go for, among other things, Kollwitz prints and drawings and works by Schiele and Klimt.

Lucien Goldschmidt Inc. (1117 Madison Avenue). The ideal place to find unusual master prints or rare illustrated books.

Pierre Matisse Gallery (41 E. 57th Street). One of the great dealers in 20 th-century art.

David McKee Gallery (41 E. 57th Street). A dealer with an exceptionally keen sense of art and a deep understanding of those who create it. Among this gallery's major attractions are the paintings and drawings of the late Philip Guston.

Prakapas Gallery (19 E. 71st Street). Although fairly new, it has already established itself as one of the best photography galleries in the country. A few constructivist works and some original prints are also occasionally on view.

Paul Rosenberg & Company (20 E. 79th Street). Another one of the great galleries for 19th- and 20th-century art (although it does also handle older works).

Salander-O'Reilly (22 E. 80th Street). Deals mainly in smaller works by major American artists of the first half of this century - as well as very recent art by younger Americans.

Staempfli Gallery (47 E. 77th Street). An excellent place to see the work of some of today's most talented younger representational draftsmen and painters.

John Weber Gallery (420 W. Broadway). In SoHo. Specialists in Conceptual, Minimal, and Systemic art.

Willard Gallery (29 E. 72nd Street). Shows outstanding recent paintings and sculpture by younger Americans - as well as works by Morris Graves. German and Austrian Expressionists

The Serge Sabarsky Gallery (987 Madison Avenue) also belongs on the above list, and is currently proving it with a small but excellent exhibition of German and Austrian Expressionist art.

Here again, quality and integrity reign, with the result that almost half the works on view are first-rate, and the rest are at least good examples of each artist's style. As is so often true in a show like this, the top spot is stolen by Egon Schiele. His group of six stunning studies done in pencil or crayon with color prove once again that he was one of the great draftsmen of the century. Hung as a unit, these drawings by themselves make a visit to this show a treat.

The surprise of the exhibition, however, is Otto Dix. His group of four figure paintings should help alter the American view of him as primarily a war artist. All four are typically Dix in their precise linearism, and in their reliance on 16th-century painterly techniques, but all also reveal a human warmth naturally lacking in the anti-war paintings and prints for which he is best known. I found his 1932 ''Mother and Child'' particularly effective.

This excellent exhibition, which also includes works by Grosz, Kirchner, Mueller, and Beckmann, will remain on view through Oct. 16. Clayton Metropoulos

A very promising first one-man show is currently on view here at the Ericson Gallery, which also belongs on the list above. It is by Clayton Mitropoulos, and consists of oils and constructions that utilize the mask theme, but in an essentially constructivist manner.

These constructions are cut from mahogany, sized with gesso, and then painted in various colors with oil paint. The effect is lighthearted and quite provocative, addressing itself very much to a 1980s sensibility - despite the fact that some of the works bear superficial resemblances to certain Russian constructivist pieces of the 1910s.

Particularly outstanding are a very recent collage, ''Study/Mask,'' and the 1981 construction, ''Mask - The Skier.''

At the Ericson Gallery (23 E. 74th Street) through Oct. 2.