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Sebastian Smee’s top 10 picks for 2012 art-museum shows


 Show of the year: “American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, De Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942,” Addison Gallery of American Art

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 Most audacious reappraisal: “This Will Have Been: Art, Love and Politics in the 1980s,” Institute of Contemporary Art

 Biggest splash: “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine,” Portland Museum of Art

 Sheer acreage: “Oh, Canada,” Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

 Trumpet fanfare: Reopenings of the Yale University Art Gallery and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

 Most intellectually nourishing: “Paul Klee: Philosophical
Vision; From Nature to Art,”
McMullen Museum of Art

 Psychedelic enlightenment: “Seeking Shambala,” Museum
of Fine Arts

 Most disconcerting single work: Julianne Swartz’s “Open.” When you opened this wooden box in the middle of the gallery you heard a quiet female voice repeating “I love you,” getting louder and louder with each
repetition. In “Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your,” deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

 Best art-historical sleuthing: “Jasper Johns/In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print,” Harvard Art Museums

 Blush-inducing flop: “Mario Testino: In Your Face,” Museum of Fine Arts

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