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Critics’ picks: Visual arts

Brad Flowers

SAMURAI! Japanese armor (left) worn by shoguns, or warlords, from the 12th to the 19th centuries, from a respected Texas private collection. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

JASON MIDDLEBROOK: MY LANDSCAPE Tall slices of freshly milled timber painted with geometric patterns and large-scale panoramic drawings by this exciting young artist. The centerpiece of the gallery is a waterfall made from rehabilitated wedges of Styrofoam. Through April 7, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

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BARRY MCGEE A mid-career survey of the popular San Francisco-based artist who has made a dynamic shift from street art into galleries and museums. Through Sept. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

MICHIO IHARA: LOOKING BACK LOOKING FORWARD Elegant, free-form kinetic sculptures by the acclaimed Japanese artist, based in Concord since 1981. Through Aug. 14. Concord Art Association, Concord. 978-369-2578, www.concordart.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE

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