RICHARD ESTES’ REALISM A large survey of the pioneering painter, often associated with photorealism, organized by the Portland Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Through Sept. 7. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org
QUILTS AND COLOR Nearly 60 quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, accumulated over five decades by artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, with an emphasis on works that chime with 20th-century aesthetics. Through July 27. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
ANSELM KIEFER A major long-term installation of works by the German artist from the Hall Art Foundation in a new gallery repurposed by the foundation. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org
ROMARE BEARDEN: A BLACK ODYSSEY The great African-American artist’s take, in watercolor and collage, on Homer’s “Odyssey,” with black protagonists. (Pictured: “Battle With Cicones.”) Through Aug. 17. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.orgSebastian Smee can be reached at email@example.com.