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Critic’s picks: Visual art

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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. (Pictured: “I’ve Been Drawing Cliffs My Whole Life.”) Through April 7, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

MAURICE PRENDERGAST BY THE SEA
A retrospective of the great early American modernist’s work, focusing on his depictions of leisure activities by the sea. Through Oct. 13. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275. www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum

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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

COLBY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART
Marking this acclaimed museum’s bicentenary, Colby College has opened a new, 26,000-square-foot addition, the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, and a raft of exciting new shows, including works from the Lunder Collection, more than 500 works recently donated to Colby. Through June 8, 2014. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600, www.colby.edu/academics_cs/museum

SEBASTIAN SMEE

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