Theater & art

Fall Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: Art

Far left: “A Tramp,” by John Singer Sargent at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Museum of Fine Arts, boston
“A Tramp,” by John Singer Sargent at the Museum of Fine Arts.

COLOR, PATTERN, WHIMSY, SCALE: THE BEST OF SHELBURNE MUSEUM One hundred objects from the eclectic permanent collection illustrate the principles guiding museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb’s inspired collecting. The show inaugurates Shelburne Museum’s new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, which, unlike the rest of the museum, will remain open year-round. Through Dec. 31. Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. 802-985-3346,

FLASH BACK – 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,

COURBET: MAPPING REALISM Drawing on collections in Belgium and the United States, the show traces the influence of the father of 19th-century realism on artists and collectors in both countries. Through Dec. 8. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100,


MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS: MY MOTHER TOLD ME Three multimedia installations, with autobiographical elements, by the Boston-based artist who emigrated from Cuba in 1991. Through Dec. 8. Tufts University Art Gallery. 617-627-3518,

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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. Sept. 17-Dec. 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

AMERICAN GESTURES: ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM Prints, drawings, and paintings, including several recent acquisitions, by mid-century artists, including de Kooning, Pollock, Motherwell, and Krasner. Sept. 21-June 1. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

AFRICA INTERWEAVE: TEXTILE DIASPORAS Forty textiles, garments, and other woven items from across the continent of Africa. Sept. 28-Jan. 12. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144,


2013 PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL: PIECE WORK Thirty artists, most of them resident in Maine, show work that emphasizes process and time-intensive labor. Oct. 3-Jan. 5. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,

AMY SILLMAN: ONE LUMP OR TWO The restlessly inventive New York-based artist’s first museum solo show. Oct. 3-Jan. 5. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL New England’s contemporary artists are featured in this closely watched survey featuring work in all media. Oct. 9-April 13. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

MAKING IT IN AMERICA  More than 100 objects from the museum’s collection — paintings, sculptures, decorative arts — demonstrate aspects of the forging of national identity in the United States. Oct. 11-Feb. 9. Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence. 401-454-6400,

JOHN SINGER SARGENT WATERCOLORS More than 90 of Sargent’s beloved watercolors in a show that combines the superb Sargent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Oct. 13-Jan. 20. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,


JEAN VICTOR BERTIN AND LANDSCAPE PAINTING IN FRANCE Hinging on a recent acquisition – a classical landscape by Bertin – this show looks at the French idea of landscape from the Baroque through to the 19th century. Includes work by Bertin’s best-known student, Camille Corot. Oct. 22-Jan. 5. Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine. 207-859-5600,

SOPHIE CALLE: LAST SEEN  Fourteen works incorporating photography and text by the provocative French artist. The works, made in 1991 and 2012, respond to the 1990 theft from the Gardner of Jan Vermeer’s “The Concert.” Oct. 24-March 3. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-566-1401,

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. Nov. 9-Feb. 17. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.orgSEBASTIAN SMEE