Galleries: Wolf Kahn, Lauren Boilini, Michael Sellmeyer, Kesha Bruce, Helen …

Kahn usually paints scenes closer to his New England home, and he doesn’t need brash colors to hold the eye. “Springfield Memorial Bridge” is black and white, and more precisely rendered than the color pieces. And one of the show’s marvels is “How Low the Mighty Have Fallen,” a lithograph of lavender tree trunks — all but one upright — against a pale-green field. The spring-like colors are hardly literal, but the sense of a hushed, moist forest is altogether real.

Now 86, Kahn is still working steadily but with mixed results. The 30 pictures at Addison/Ripley, about half of them from 2011-13, are notable primarily for their vivid use of color. Often depicting stands of trees, the compositions pit vertical lines against areas of bright foliage, both in unexpected hues. In “Magenta and Silver,” the backdrop is the former color and tree trunks the latter, and reddish purple also grounds

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