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Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2010

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• AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
The biggest art news in the region this year was the Museum of Fine Arts' opening of its new Norman Foster–designed Art of the Americas Wing in November. The project, which increased the museum's size by 28 percent, was the brainchild of MFA director Malcolm Rogers, and it cements his legacy. The architecture is dully sufficient, but the art in the new galleries, as overseen by Art of the Americas department chair Elliot Bostwick Davis, showcases the MFA's strengths: ravishing Maya burial urns, Colonial New England art, Revolutionary-era Boston portraiture, 19th-century landscapes, John Singer Sargent. And Mr. Rogers isn't done yet: next September, the MFA is scheduled to open its renovated Linde Family Wing, which promises to offer more space for contemporary art than the ICA does.

SLIDESHOW: The new Art of the Americas Wing at the MFA.

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