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    Critics’ picks: Visual art

    Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates

    LIGHT YEARS: JACK WHITTEN 1971-1973 Large-scale abstract paintings, never previously exhibited, as well as smaller canvases and drawings from a turning point in the career of the celebrated experimental painter. (Pictured: “Cut Acrylic #6.’’) Through Dec. 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose

    AMERICAN GESTURES: ABSTRACT
    EXPRESSIONISM
    Prints, drawings, and paintings, including several recent acquisitions, by mid-century artists, including de Kooning, Pollock, Motherwell, and Krasner. Through June 1. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

    FLASHBACK — NOVEMBER 22, 1963 Paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures responding to the assassination of President Kennedy, including work by Andy Warhol, Marisol, and Ant Farm. Through Jan. 12. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015, www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison

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    PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE One hundred etchings, all belonging to the same suite, made by Picasso between 1930 and 1937. One of his greatest accomplishments. Through Dec. 20. Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, N.H. 603-646-2808, www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu

    Sebastian Smee can be reached at ssmee@globe.com.