AS PAINTING: DIVISION AND DISPLACEMENT Wexner Center (May 12—Aug. 12). This investigation of painting's relationship to sculpture, photography, and architecture presents the work of 26 established and emerging artists, among them minimalist icons Robert Ryman and Agnes Martin.
ANCIENT CHINESE ART FROM THE SICHUAN Seattle Art Museum (May 10—Aug. 12). Stretching all the way back to the Bronze Age, the show offers some spectacular objects. Most amazing are two 13th-century b.c. bronzes from the Shang dynasty: a nine-foot standing figure and a pop-eyed mask that's more than four feet wide.
BERNARDO BELLOTTO AND THE CAPITALS OF EUROPE Museum of Fine Arts (July 29—Oct. 21). Canaletto's prolific and peripatetic nephew, who worked in Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, and Warsaw in the 18th century, finally gets his own, in an exhibition of more than 50 paintings.
PUBLIC OFFERINGS MOCA (through July 29). The likes of Damien Hirst, Matthew Barney, and Rachel Whiteread are gathered in a show that looks at which pieces launched the careers of 25 of today's hottest art stars.
ZERO TO INFINITY: ARTE POVERA 1962—1972 Tate Modern (May 31—Aug. 19). Mario Merz's igloos, Giuseppe Penone's trees, and the rest of arte povera may not seem impoverished now, but back in the sixties these artists rejected painting, radically redefined sculpture, explored humble materials, and laid the groundwork for earthworks and conceptual art.
Malcolm Morley Hayward Gallery (June 15—Aug. 27). From the super-real paintings of postcards and posters in the sixties to the painterly collisions of model planes, Trojan horses, and other images astray in time and space, this 40-year retrospective tracks the evolution of a painter who won Britain's first Turner Prize — in 1984.
L'ÉTRANGE ET LE MERVEILLEUX EN TERRE D'ISLAM Musée du Louvre (through July 23). The marine monsters, fantastic heroes, and demons of Islamic legend are less familiar than their Greek and Christian counterparts. This show proves they are no less captivating.
Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel, 1890—1930 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 26-Sept. 9.
Leon Golub: Paintings, 1950—2000 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, May 18—August 19.
David Hockney Photoworks at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, July 22—Oct. 21.
Snowdon retrospective at the Yale Center For British Art, New Haven, Conn., June 16—Sept. 2.
Winslow Homer at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art, June 10—Sept. 9.
Vermeer and the Delft School at the National Gallery, London, June 20—Sept. 16.
A retrospective of video guru Nam June Paik at The Guggenheim, Bilbao, May 22—Sept. 23.