Six must-see summer art museum shows

There are some outstanding exhibitions at area museums, libraries, and galleries this summer that should not be missed, even on good beach days.

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), “Winter, 1946” (1946) tempera on panel. (North Carolina Museum of Art and Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society)

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect (June 24-Sept. 17, Brandywine River Museum of Art).  Marking the centenary of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is mounting an exhibition of more than 100 paintings and works on paper selected from major museums and private collections. The show, the first career retrospective since the artist’s death in 2009, has been curated in collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum, where it will travel after the Brandywine. (610-388-2700, www.brandywine.org)

“Mrithi, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda” (detail), 1981, by Michael Nichols (Courtesy of the artist)

Wild: Michael Nichols (June 27-Sept. 17,  Philadelphia Museum of Art).  An award-winning photographer for National Geographic, Nichols has recorded animals and habitats all over the world. This exhibition highlights his artistic and technical skill, and showcases his efforts to preserve wild spaces. (215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org)

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders (June 30-Oct. 2, Barnes Foundation). North Philadelphia is front and center in Paris-based, Algerian-born Bourouissa’s take on city revitalization, horses, and social flamboyance. (215-278-7000, www.barnesfoundation.org)

George Sotter (1879-1953), “Silent Night,” 1932. (Courtesy of Carol and Louis Della Penna)

George Sotter: Light and Shadow (July 29-Dec. 31, Michener Art Museum). Bucks County artist George Sotter (1879-1953), evoked the local landscape blanketed with snow and showered with sunlight and moonlight. Light and Shadow will examine the relationship between his painting and, in a twist, his work as a stained-glass artist. (215-340-9800, www.michenerartmuseum.org)

The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond (through Aug. 13) John Laub (1947-2005) painted lush forests, winding pathways, and sun-soaked beaches. This exhibition marks the first solo showing of his work in Philadelphia, where he was born and went to art school, in more than two decades. (215-247-0467, woodmereartmuseum.org)

Treasures on Trial: The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes (through Jan. 7, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library) Forgeries and counterfeit objects of all types get the Winterthur treatment. “Is it real or fake?” Was that really Babe Ruth’s baseball glove that sold for $200,000? (800-448-3883, www.winterthur.org)