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Summer art preview: Don't-miss shows

Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings From the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, through Sept. 3). The Accademia Carrara, home to a trove of Renaissance masterpieces, is a haven for art lovers. Because the Bergamo museum is closed for renovations, the Met was able to secure this loan of treasures. metmuseum.org, 212-535-7710

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, June 5-Sept. 3). Among the foremost living American artists, Kelly is best-known for his abstracts, but he's done figurative work all through his career. This marks the first time a major museum has devoted a show exclusively to his plant drawings.

metmuseum.org, 212-535-7710

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960 (Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, June 8-Sept. 12). Pioneering artists in the post-World War II era are represented in nearly 100 works exploring the affinity and divergences in a period of rapidly changing creativity stretching across continents and oceans. See works by Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Pierre Soulages, among others.

guggenheim.org, 212-423-3500

The Landmarks of New York (Parrish Art Museum, 15 Jobs Lane, Southampton, June 24-Sept. 4). In this final show before the Parrish moves to its new space in Water Mill, 90 photographs capture such architectural icons as the Woolworth Building, Rockefeller Center, the Plaza Hotel, the Brooklyn Bridge and St. Patrick's Cathedral, as well as the Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park and the reputed oldest building in the state, Brooklyn's Wyckoff House. parrishart.org, 631-283-2118

Escape: Video Art From Long Island (Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, June 30-July 29). Pioneers in video art who also lived or worked on Long Island at the time of their seminal work are the focus of "Escape." These include Laurie Anderson, Lynda Benglis, Burt Barr, Keith Sonnier, Andy Warhol and William Wegman, plus more recent videogra phers. guildhall.org, 631-324-0806

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (Museum of Modern of Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan, July 1- Oct. 1). This collaboration with Madrid's Museo Reina Sofía and London's Tate Modern will be the largest presentation of Boetti's work outside of Italy. Known as a leader of the radical Arte Povera movement and for his sculptures and drawings, Boetti experimented with such notions as sending postcards to nonexistent addresses to create imaginary journeys when the mail was returned. moma.org, 212-708-9400

Long Island, America's 1950s Frontier (Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, Route 25A, Stony Brook, July 20-Dec. 31). Long Island led the nation in population growth in the '50s, with new suburbs like Levittown and new stretches of highway. "Frontier" captures this time through video oral histories, photos, fashions and artifacts ranging from a hat worn by Robert Moses to a toy Red Ryder BB gun. longisland museum.org, 631-751-0066

Marc Chagall (Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, July 21-Nov. 4). Works in this exhibition show how Chagall told stories through his paintings, incorporating glimpses into the Russian-Jewish influences of his upbringing, expressed through a vivid, topsy-turvy imagination. See the artist flying through the air, as if he were the fiddler on the roof. nassaumuseum.org, 516-484-9338

Eric Fischl: Beach Life (Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Aug. 11-Oct. 14). Featuring a wide range of paintings from Fischl's 30-year career, this retrospective is in keeping with Guild Hall's tradition of exhibiting artists of the East End. guildhall.org, 631-324-0806

Absorbed by Color: Art of the 20th Century (Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, Aug. 18-Dec. 2). Drawn exclusively from the Heckscher's permanent collection, "Absorbed" examines color theory in the 20th century -- from Pointillism to Abstract Expressionism -- with works by Josef Albers, James Brooks, James Daugherty and more. heckscher.org, 631-351-3250

Instant Gratification Abstract (Davenport & Shapiro Fine Arts, 37 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, through June 19). Rising New York artists Eddie Rehm and Emanuel Buckvar open the Hamptons summer gallery season with their "on-the-cusp" contemporary styles. Both artists are Long Island-based. lsdart.com, 631-604-5525.

The Persistence of Pollock (Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, Springs, through July 28). In observance of the centennial of his birth, an exhibit of works by artists influenced by Pollock is followed by "Men on Fire: José Clemente Orozco and Jackson Pollock," Aug. 2- Oct. 27. sb.cc.stonybrook.edu

/pkhouse, 631-324-4929

Long Island Biennial (Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, through Aug. 12). Fifty-two artists from Nassau or Suffolk exhibit works created in the last two years, representing a wide array of disciplines. heckscher.org, 631-351-3250

Opportunity and Impact: Works by Émigré Artists (Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery, Axinn Library, Hempstead, through Sept. 9). The focus is on emigré artists who reshaped American art, from Europeans arriving in the early 20th century to contemporary artists from Cuba and South America. hofstra.edu

/museum, 516-463-5672

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 (The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, through Sept. 23). The 19th and 20th century master whose work combined classicism with modern art is represented in works created for or sold to a sophisticated network of patrons, many of whom were Jewish. thejewish museum.org, 212-423-3200

Diversities of Sculpture/Derivations From Nature (LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton, through Oct. 6). New sculptures by six artists -- Ronald Bladen, Anne Chu, Brian Gaman, Jene Highstein, Judith Shea and Daniel Wiener -- are introduced to the beautiful LongHouse gardens. longhouse.org, 631-329-3568

The Garbage Barge Revisited: Art from Dross (Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, June 13-Sept. 2). In 1987, Islip Town's infamous barge containing tons of trash sailed for three months in search of a landfill. Since then, the town has touted its recycling efforts. In "Revisited," artists consider alternate ways to repurpose refuse. islipartmuseum.org, 631-224-5402

Signs & Symbols (Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., Manhattan, June 28-Oct. 28). Drawn from the Whitney collection, the exhibit concentrates on the evolution of American abstraction in the postwar period ending in the late '50s, which led the way to Abstract Expressionism through figurative and calligraphic "signs and symbols." whitney.org, 212-570-3600

ArtHamptons & artMRKT Hamptons (Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark, Millstone Road, Bridgehampton, July 12-15; Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds, Montauk Highway, July 19-22). ArtHamptons, featuring high-end art from U.S. and international galleries, has competition as artMRKT Hamptons returns for a second year to focus on New York art dealers and galleries. arthamp tons.com, 631-283-5505; art-mrkt

.com/hamptons, 212-518-6912

Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Aug. 17-Dec. 2). "My Way" surveys the 25-year career of the contemporary French artist (born in 1964) who works with mutable materials, from early pieces in sulfur and wax to recent colorful glass sculptures. "A Secret Happy End," a large sculpture in the museum's collection, will be on display starting July 25. brooklyn

museum.org, 718-638-5000

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