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Critic’s picks: Visual art

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IMPRESSIONISTS ON THE WATER Sixty paintings, works on paper, models, and small craft explore the affinity of French Impressionists such as Monet, Sisley, Caillebotte, and Renoir for boating and the water. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Through Feb. 17. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

FIRED EARTH, WOVEN

BAMBOO Around 60 contemporary Japanese ceramics and baskets from the Snider collection. (Pictured: Torii Ippo’s “Flight.”) Through Sept. 8. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

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AMY SILLMAN: ONE LUMP OR TWO The brilliant and restlessly inventive New York-based artist’s first museum solo show. Paintings, works on paper, cartoons, and animated drawings. Through Jan. 5. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

MAKING IT IN AMERICA More than 100 objects selected from the museum’s collection — paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts — demonstrate aspects of the forging of national identity in the United States. Through Feb. 9. RISD Museum, Providence. 401-454-6400, www.risdmuseum.org

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