Theater & art

Critics’ picks: Visual arts

Brad Flowers

SAMURAI! Japanese armor (left) worn by shoguns, or warlords, from the 12th to the 19th centuries, from a respected Texas private collection. Through Aug. 4. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

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. Through April 7, 2014. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,

BARRY MCGEE A mid-career survey of the popular San Francisco-based artist who has made a dynamic shift from street art into galleries and museums. Through Sept. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,


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,