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Critics’ picks: Art

SHANGAA: ART OF TANZANIA
A powerful, revelatory overview of art from Tanzania, both traditional and contemporary. Through Aug. 25. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org

LIFE’S WORK: TOM PHILLIPS AND JOHNNY CARRERA Tom Phillips’s conversion of a 19th-century novel into a work of art (above), more than half a century in the making, is the highlight of a show that also features brilliant US artist Johnny Carrera. Through Jan. 20, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

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WYETH VERTIGO Roughly 40 works by Andrew Wyeth, his father N.C. Wyeth, and his son Jamie Wyeth, all focused on strange or unusual perspectives. A terrific show. Through Oct. 31. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346, www.shelburnemuseum.org

WINSLOW HOMER: MAKING ART, MAKING HISTORY Highlights from the greatest collection of Homer’s work privately assembled after the artist’s death, now in the permanent collection of the Clark Art Institute. The show includes 11 paintings, 18 watercolors, and dozens of wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, and drawings. Through Sept. 8. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
Williamstown. 413-458-2303. www.clarkart.edu.

SEBASTIAN SMEE

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