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Critic’s pick: Visual art

James McNeill Whistler’s “Wapping” is on view in “An American in London: Whistler and the Thames,” at Addison Gallery of American Art through April 13.National Gallery of Art

AN AMERICAN IN LONDON: WHISTLER AND THE THAMES Printings, paintings, and drawings from a key period in Whistler’s career, as he focused on subjects in Battersea and on the Thames, in London. Through April 13. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015, www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison

MACHINES AND MECHANIZATIONS: EXPLORATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY KINETIC SCULPTURE A survey of sculpture with moving (and often audible) parts, including work by Kim Bernard, Chris Fitch, Erica von Schilgen, and Mark Davis. Through June 1. Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton. 508-588-6000,


WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THE REFUSAL OF TIME A 30-minute, five-channel video installation by the South African artist, providing a meditation on the pressure of time and the attempt — both political and existential — to escape it. A collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison. Complemented by a selection of Kentridge’s works on paper. Feb. 5 through May 4. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

SONIA ALMEIDA: FORWARD/PLAY/PAUSE Paintings by the Lisbon-born, Boston-based artist touching on anomalies between scientific color theories and actual perception. Feb. 7 through April 6. List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680, listart.mit.edu


JEFFU WARMOUTH: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF A mid-career retrospective of the Massachusetts artist, who favors parody, puns, and absurdist humor. Feb. 9 through June 1. Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg. 978-345-4207, www.fitchburgartmuseum.org

CHRIS BURDEN: THE MASTER BUILDER A near-complete overview of the inimitable California artist’s small-scale Erector set bridges, to mark the unveiling of a major sculpture by Burden outside the museum’s entrance.
Feb. 13 through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434,

NATALIE DJURBURG + HANS BERG: A WORLD OF GLASS An installation of 193 polyurethane sculptures, on four tables, and four video projections by the Swedish artist Djurburg, with accompanying music by the Swedish composer Berg. March 19 through July 6. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org


PERMISSION TO BE GLOBAL/PRACTICAS GLOBALES: LATIN AMERICAN ART FROM THE ELLA FONTANALES-CISNEROS COLLECTION The first survey of contemporary Latin American art hosted by the MFA. Featuring work by 46 artists from Central and South America and the Caribbean, all from a single collection. The show was first seen at Art Basel Miami Beach late last year. March 19 through July 13. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

KNIGHTS!A first step in the long-term integration of the Higgins Armory’s collection into Worcester Art Museum, this exhibition will place a selection of European, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Indian, and ancient arms and armor in the context of related works of art. Opens March 29. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406, www.worcesterart.org

ROMARE BEARDEN: A BLACK ODYSSEY The great African-American artist’s take, in watercolor and collage, on Homer’s “Odyssey,” with black protagonists. March 29 through Aug. 17. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org

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