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    Top 10 of the year in art

    Florine Stettheimer’s “Picnic at Bedford Hills,” from “Women Modernists in New York” at the Portland Museum of Art.
    Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
    Florine Stettheimer’s “Picnic at Bedford Hills,” from “Women Modernists in New York” at the Portland Museum of Art.

    Best contemporary show “Geoffrey Farmer,” Institute of Contemporary Art.

    Best modern show “O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York,” Portland Museum of Art

    Best thematic/historical show “Asia in Amsterdam: the Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age,” Peabody Essex Museum

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    Most ambitious show “Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections,” McMullen Museum, Houghton Library, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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    Best group show “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry Into the Phenomenon of Wonder,” Mass MoCA

    Best Old Master show “Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes From the Prado,” Clark Art Institute

    Best folk/craft show “Birds of a Feather,” Shelburne Museum

    Best acquisition Frida Kahlo, “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia),” Museum of Fine Arts

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    Best sculpture “Rodin: Transforming Sculpture,” Peabody Essex Museum

    Best new museum building Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, Maine

    Best renovation Yale Center for British Art

    Best new permanent installation Song Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts

    Sebastian Smee can be reached at sebastian.smee@globe.com.