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Hung Liu, Relic 8, oil on canvas.

Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York

Hung Liu, Relic 8, oil on canvas.

JOHN SINGER SARGENT WATERCOLORS  More than 90 of Sargent’s beloved watercolors in a show that combines the superb Sargent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Through Jan. 20. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

RE-MASTERED An innovative new hang of the Worcester Art Museum’s superb Old Master holdings, in honor of a great — and sexy — new Veronese acquisition. Includes great paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, El Greco, Poussin, Luca Giordano, Murillo, Ribera, Steen, Sweerts, and van Mieris. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406,

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HARRY HOLTZMAN AND AMERICAN ABSTRACTION  The first retrospective of the painter, teacher, and writer, who was a friend and colleague of Piet Mondrian. Through Jan. 26. Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Conn. 860-434-5542,

BREAKTHROUGH: WORK BY CONTEMPORARY CHINESE WOMEN ARTISTS  More than two dozen works by eight artists working in different media, among them Cai Jin, Cao Fei, Peng Wei, and Hung Liu (pictured: “Relic 8”). Through Jan. 5. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin


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Correction: An earlier version of this article had an incorrect photo caption.

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