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Critic’s picks: Art

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HOKUSAI A survey of the legendary Japanese artist’s seven-decade career, including woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated printed books, drawn from the MFA, which has the finest collection of Hokusai’s work outside of Japan. Through Aug. 9. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300.

JOAN JONAS: SELECTED FILMS AND VIDEOS 1972-2005 In advance of (and coinciding with) Jonas’s showing in the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the List Visual Art Center, which was chosen to organize the Venice show, is presenting a survey of the film work of this hugely influential performance and video artist. Through July 5. MIT List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680,


SAMURAI! An exhibition of work by contemporary artists inspired by samurai myths and representations. Includes work by Japanese and American illustrators and painters, and a diverse array of media, including prints and paper sculpture. Inspired by the recent acquisition of the Higgins Armory collection, which includes many samurai-related objects (pictured: detail of Mu Pan’s “The Loyal 47 Ronin”). Through Sept. 6. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406,

J.C. LEYENDECKER AND THE SATURDAY EVENING POST Leyendecker (1874-1951) made 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post, and was a mentor to Norman Rockwell. This show displays cover tear sheets for all of Leyendecker’s Post covers, as well as a selection of the celebrated illustrator’s original paintings. Through June 14. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100,


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