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10 contemporary works to see now

Some local art museums are beefing up their collections and others are staging more ambitious exhibits.

For decades, Boston was a backwater when it came to contemporary art. Now, however, some local museums are beefing up their collections of 21st-century works and others are staging more ambitious exhibits. What makes art contemporary? It’s not simply a matter of timing. Today’s art reflects today’s society. Here are 10 of the best new works on view in these parts this summer.