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Critic's picks: Visual art

.@ArtBasel & hot shows coming to @BassMuseum, @NSUMuseum in our 2016-17 season preview.

Sylvia Plachy: The Hungarian Connection

Oct. 18-Jan. 8

Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real; 561-392-2500 or BocaMuseum.org

At 73, Plachy has spent her life seeking refuge in photography, a hobby she took up in childhood in order to avoid speaking. The Budapest-born photographer fled Hungary during the 1956 revolution, moving first to Austria and later to New Jersey, but she never stayed long enough to learn the language. So Plachy's observational photographs replaced her voice. She eventually learned English, and her photo essays and portraits have appeared in the New Yorker, Village Voice, New York Times and elsewhere, and a snapshot of these appear in this photo exhibit. The show is featured in the museum's four-part exhibition "Art of Hungary," which also includes "Hungarian Photography," "Hungarian Art: A Century of Rebellion and Revival" and "Szilárd Cseke: Gone Too Far."

Canvas

Nov. 11-20

Downtown West Palm Beach; 561-906-6432 or CanvasWPB.org

The Wynwood-ification of West Palm Beach known as Canvas returns this year with more sharp murals and colorful cool, but don't expect to find these massive paintings on downtown walls like last year. The "outdoor museum show," as organizer Nicole Henry bills it, will spend its second year invading the city's parks along the Palm Harbor Marina between Banyan Boulevard and Quadrille Street. Five public parks on five blocks along the waterfront will be splattered with paint by 20 muralists, including Pichi Avo, Laura Kimpton, David Walker, and Ernest Zacharevic. Here's the canvas: new shipping containers, rail cars and children's playgrounds installed in the parks.

Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer From the Hall Art Foundation

Nov. 21-Aug. 27

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5500 or NSUArtMuseum.org

The German-born Keifer has a habit of modeling his installations after the apocalypse. In oil paintings and sculptures overstuffed with historical symbolism, he tackles the traumas and disasters of World War II and current extremists taking aim at major European cities, such as Paris and Belgium. Keifer re-creates ruins in his 200-acre studio in southern France, building totems of destruction and healing from sand, ash, scavenged clothes, straw and cinder block. The show kicks off the NSU Art Museum's postwar focus on European art, after spending its past few seasons dwelling on World War II-era works.

Solo exhibits by Ugo Rondinone, Mika Rottenberg and Pascale Marthine Tayou

Opens spring 2017

Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 786-436-8133 or BassMuseum.org

After 18 months of dust and jackhammering (along with pop-up exhibits at nearby Miami Beach Public Library) the souped-up Bass Museum of Art will reopen next spring, delayed from a Dec. 1 opening. (The $12 million redesign adds four new galleries, a café and a courtyard.) On the bill are a trio of new shows by Swiss-born mixed-media artist Ugo Rondinone, Argentinean-born video artist Mika Rottenberg and Cameroon-born sculptor Pascale Marthine Tayou. All three are sure to give the Bass some clout: Rottenberg's works have shown at the Venice Biennale, while Tayou will install a new work during the opening titled "Welcome Wall." Welcome back, indeed.

Art Basel Miami Beach

Dec. 1-4

Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive; ArtBasel.com/MiamiBeach

You knew Art Basel had arrived when a Miami art gallery proudly touted big-ticket images of "everyday people in everyday situations" by America's favorite photographer, rocker Lenny Kravitz. But there were other signs that South Florida's annual countrywide art blitz captured our minds and wallets. A human-size aquarium at Miami-Dade College imagined a bittersweet underwater symphony: a Miami underwater thanks to global sea rise. Meanwhile, galleries in Wynwood and the Design District saw concerts by Alicia Keys, Vampire Weekend and Slick Rick. The big tourism draw this year, however, will be the 15th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, now halfway through a $615 million facelift that started after last year's Art Basel ended. Filling the building will be 269 galleries from 29 countries, and some 20 satellite fairs will erect air-conditioned white tents all over midtown, Wynwood and Miami Beach.

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