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    Australia to Bowie, Balthus to the Stones

    Sidney Nolan, “Ned Kelly.”
    Courtesy Royal Academy of Arts
    Sidney Nolan, “Ned Kelly.”

    “Australia”

    Royal Academy of Arts

    London

    Through Dec. 8

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    It’s unusual for an entire continent to have an art exhibition dedicated to it. But Australia’s an unusual continent. Some 200 items are on display, from indigenous artists as well as colonizers and their descendants. Those items include paintings, drawings, photographs, watercolors, and multimedia works. Some have never previously been shown outside of Australia. The idea is to show through its art the development of the island continent’s culture and society. Pictured above: Sidney Nolan’s “Ned Kelly” (1946).  Burlington House, Piccadilly, 011-44-20-7300 8000, www.royalacademy.org.uk

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    Art Gallery of Ontario

    Toronto

    Through Nov. 27

    Three hundred items from the rock star’s own holdings — musical instruments, costumes, sketches, writings — trace his impact on music, theater, movies, art, and fashion for nearly half

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    a century.  317 Dundas St. West, 416-979-6648, www.ago.net

    “Georges Braque, 1882-1963”

    Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais

    Paris

    Through Jan. 6

    This is the first full retrospective in 40 years dedicated to the cofounder of Cubism. The exhibition places a special emphasis on the relationship of Braque’s art with music, literature, and the work of other painters.  3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 011-33-1-44-13-1717, www.grandpalais.fr/en

    “Reading Andy Warhol”

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    Museum Brandhorst

    Munich

    Through Jan. 12

    This long-overdue exhibition looks at a key element of Warhol’s career. The Pop master had an artistic relationship with books reaching back to his student days: illustrating texts, designing dust jackets, and writing his own titles.  Theresienstraße 35, 011-49-89-238-052286, www.museum-brandhorst.de/en

    “Balthus: Cats and Girls — Paintings and Provocations”

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York

    Through Jan. 12

    Two of the artist’s favorite subjects are on display in this exhibition, which features some three dozen paintings from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, and 40 of his childhood drawings.  1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82d Street), 212-535-7710, www.metmuseum.org

    “Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting”

    Huntington Library

    San Marino, Calif.

    Through Jan. 13

    This exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, examines the relationship between Flemish and Italian painting in the 15th century. Among the featured artists are Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Pietro Perugino, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. 1151 Oxford Road, 626-405-2100, www.huntington.org

    “Jeff Wall: Visibility”

    Tel Aviv Museum of Art

    Through Jan. 25

    Wall’s large-scale staged images have made him one of the most highly regarded, and influential, figures in photography. This retrospective looks at his work of the past three decades.
    27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd., 011-972-3-607-7020, www.tamuseum.com

    “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George”

    Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

    Santa Fe

    Oct. 4-Jan. 26

    New Mexico wasn’t the only landscape that inspired O’Keeffe. Her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, had a summer home in upstate New York. As this exhibition shows, she did memorable work there too.  217 Johnson St., 505-946-1000, www.okeeffemuseum.org

    “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950-1990”

    de Young Museum

    San Francisco

    Through Feb. 17

    On display are some 150 pieces from the famed jewelry firm, and sketches and other items from company archives.  50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, 415-750-3600, deyoung.famsf.org

    “Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction”

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Cleveland

    Through Feb. 28

    An extensive celebration of the self-styled World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band on the occasion of its golden anniversary. How extensive? The show takes up 2½ floors of exhibition space. 1100 East 9th St, 216-781-7625, www.rockhall.com

    Mark Feeney can be reached at mfeeney@globe.com.