Sebastian Smee's visual art picks for 2010

By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / December 26, 2010

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BEST OVERALL SHOW: “Charles Le Dray: workworkworkworkwork,’’ Institute of Contemporary Art.

BEST (OTHER) CONTEMPORARY SHOWS: “Lynda Benglis,’’ Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence; “Mark Bradford,’’ ICA; “Chakaia Booker: In and Out,’’ DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln

BEST MODERN SHOW: “Picasso Looks at Degas,’’ The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHOW: “The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures From the Forbidden City,’’ Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

BEST GROUP SHOWS: “The 2010 DeCordova Biennial’’ in Lincoln. “Material World: Sculpture to Environment,’’ Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams

BEST OLD MASTER: “Luis Melendez,’’ Museum of Fine Arts

MOST FUN: “Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000,’’ MFA

BEST NEW DISPLAY: “Art of the Americas Wing,’’ MFA.

BEST COLLEGE MUSEUM SHOWS: “A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections,’’ Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. “Harold Reddicliffe: Paintings From Three Decades,’’ Boston University Art Gallery. “Mexico: Beyond Its Revolution,’’ Tufts University Art Gallery

BEST SCHOLARLY SHOW: “Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea,’’ Peabody Essex Museum