Where to Go and What to Read for Your Fall Design Fix

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Photograph courtesy of Mass MOCA

Pushing Buttons

Korean artist Ran Hwang explores the tension between freedom and restriction in Untethered, a 140-foot-long sculpture on view at Mass MoCA. His colorful installation depicts 14 birds in flight, painstakingly constructed with thousands of pins and buttons hammered into Plexiglass and wood panels.

Runs until 4/2017, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, N. Adams, 413-662-2111, massmoca.org.

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All That Jazz

In honor of Blue Note Records, the studio that captured the sounds of the world’s most iconic jazz musicians for more than seven decades, Blue Note features intimate black-and-white photos—taken by the label’s cofounder, Francis Wolffe—of the many stars who came through, including John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.

Out 9/8, $50, Flammarion.

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From left: “Untitled” (1999) and “Eight by Eight” (1972) by Richard Serra / courtesy of the Barbara Krakow Gallery

Fresh Ink

A new retrospective at Barbara Krakow Gallery examines works on paper by Richard Serra, an artist known for his large-scale installations and sculptures. The exhibit will include a dozen etchings and lithographs the famed artist has made throughout his 40-year career.

9/12–10/17, 10 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-8971, barbarakrakowgallery.com.

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Photograph courtesy of Skira

Spaces Most Sacred

Big enough to accommodate as many as 30,000 worshippers at a time, the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque is the largest in Qatar. Go behind the scenes of this religious sanctuary with 99 Domes, which chronicles the mosque’s extensive renovation through stunning photography.

Out 9/1, $60, Skira.

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Photographs courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

State of the Art

This first-of-its-kind exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts spotlights the new materials, technologies, and ideas influencing the contemporary crafts scene. Featuring 65 works from more than 40 artists in mediums such as ceramics, glass, and wood, it was curated by Emily Zilber.

8/25–1/10/16, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.

More Exhibits:

Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice

This October, the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum presents the first American solo exhibit of U.S. painter Carlo Crivelli. The installation features 20 of Crivelli’s American and European works, plus sel ect panels from his Porto San Giorgio alt arpiece.

10/22–1/25/16, 25 Evans Way, Boston, 617-566-1401, gardnermuseum.org.

Matt Devine and Robert Mars

Contemporary painting and sculpture take center stage in this dual exhibit at DTR Modern Galleries: Sculptor Matt Devine offers his steel, aluminum, and bronze creations, while pop artist Robert Mars presents his mixed-media portrayals of American icons of the 1950s and 1960s.

9/4–10/16, 167 Newbury St., Boston, 617-424-9700, dtrmodern.com.

Mona Hatoum

The Institute of Contemporary Art unveils a collection of provocative sculptures, photographs, and videos by Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum, who uses everyday objects to explore themes such as violence and oppression.

8/26–11/29, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3100, icaboston.org.

More Books:

Marcel Duchamp, by Calvin Tomkins and Adina Kamien-Kazhdan

Calvin Tomkins of the New Yorker and Adina Kamien-Kazhdan of Jerusalem’s Israel Museum teamed up for this hardcover, which documents a 1965 exhibition of Duchamp’s “readymades” through essays and photographs.

Out 9/8, $80, Gagosian/Rizzoli.

Paolo Scheggi: The Humanistic Measurement of Space, by Francesca Pola

Historian and art critic Francesca Pola pays tribute to Italian pioneer of modern art Paolo Scheggi with a selection of the late painter’s works—some of which have never been published.

Out 9/8, $65, Skira.

A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, by Alexandre de Vogüé, Jean-Charles de Vogüé, and Ascanio de Vogüé

Through photography and archival documents, this volume breathes new life into the fabled 17th-century estate that made Louis XIV so jealous that he threw its owner into prison.

Out 9/8, $35, Flammarion.