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Theater & art

art review

The Wyeths, seen at their extremes

SHELBURNE, Vt. — “One must paint a painting as one commits a crime,” said Edgar Degas.

Think, then, of “Wyeth Vertigo,” at the inimitable Shelburne Museum, as a crime you’ll never solve. The show, which sends clues to secret obsessions darting around the gallery like trapped flies, is a fascinating — and, as the title hints, disorienting — glimpse into the imaginary worlds of the Wyeths.

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