Critic’s picks: Art

 ‘‘Untitled (SittingWingback Chair)’’ by Roy McMakin is part of the ICA’s ‘‘Figuring Color’’ exhibit, which runs Feb. 17-May 20
‘‘Untitled (SittingWingback Chair)’’ by Roy McMakin is part of the ICA’s ‘‘Figuring Color’’ exhibit, which runs Feb. 17-May 20

ASCO: ELITE OF THE OBSCURE, A RETROSPECTIVE, 1972-1987 The first retrospective of the work of the Chicano conceptual and performance art group, this show comes from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration between 60 cultural organizations in Southern California aiming to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. Through July 29. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. 413-597-2429,

SILVER, SALT AND SUNLIGHT: EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN BRITAIN AND FRANCE A survey of photography in the years after its invention in 1839, featuring work by Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gustave Le Gray, Nadar, and others. Feb. 7-Oct. 8. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

CHEYNEY THOMPSON The first museum survey of this Louisiana-born artist, who makes work concerned with reproductions and other abstractions of painting. Feb. 10-April 8. List Visual Arts Center, MIT. 617-253-4680,


THE MIND’S EYE: 50 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY UELSMANN A survey of work by this popular photographer, famous for seamlessly fabricating photographs from unrelated negatives to create fantastic scenes. Feb. 11-May 13. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 866-745-1876,

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FIGURING COLOR: KATHY BUTTERLY, FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES, ROY MCMAKIN, SUE WILLIAMS Four contemporary artists exploring the potential of color and its relationship to bodies in 65 works. Feb. 17-May 20. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

EDGAR DEGAS: THE PRIVATE IMPRESSIONIST Seventy drawings, prints, pastels, photographs, sculptures, and paintings by the great 19th-century artist. Feb. 23-May 28. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

CHARLINE VON HEYL Paintings and works on paper by this exciting German abstract artist. March 21-July 15. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

ANDREW WYETH: LOOKING BEYOND A focused exhibition about the popular late Maine artist, hinging on three of his works in the museum’s collection. March 24-July 22. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. 860-278-2670,


MAKING A PRESENCE: F. HOLLAND DAY IN ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY Ninety works presenting an overview of this fascinating Pictorialist photographer. Includes portraits of Day by his photographer peers. March 27-July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015,

LYONEL FEININGER: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1928-1939 Photographs by one of the most dynamic, inventive, and versatile artists of the early modern movement, who only took up photography with serious intent in his late 50s. March 30-June 2. Harvard Art Museums. 617-495-9400,