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Critic's picks - visual arts

May 3, 2009
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VIRTUELLE MAUER / RECONSTRUCTING THE WALL

The highlight of this year's Boston Cyberarts Festival, this work by Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter (above) is a virtual reconstruction of a segment of the Berlin Wall. Audience members stand in front of a giant screen with a joystick and navigate their way around the wall, as well as back and forth in time. Through May 6. Goethe-Institut, Boston. 617-262-6250, www.goethe.de/ins/us/bos

TITIAN, TINTORETTO, VERONESE: RIVALS IN RENAISSANCE VENICE

A stunning show matching up masterpieces by Titian with wonderful works by the two leading artists of the next generation, Tintoretto and Veronese. A collaboration with the Louvre, the show was instigated by Museum of Fine Arts curator Frederick Ilchman and is too good to miss. Through Aug. 16. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART BIENNIAL

An impressive selection of contemporary art by 17 artists selected from more than 900 entrants. Look out for Ethan Hayes-Chute's "Hermitage," a cabin in the woods reconstructed with eerie fastidiousness in the museum's foyer, and Julianna Swaney's nervy little drawings in watercolor and pencil. Through June 7. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. 207-775-6148, www.portlandmuseum.org.

NEW YORK COOL: PAINTING AND SCULPTURE FROM THE NYU ART COLLECTION

A sprightly overview of art in New York in the 1950s and '60s, complicating the standard roll call of major figures like de Kooning, Rauschenberg, and Guston with less obvious choices, including Alex Katz, Norman Bluhm, and Louise Bourgeois. Through July 19. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine. 207-725-3275, www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum SEBASTIAN SMEE