A little more than two weeks remain before the Portland Museum of Art closes for five weeks. “Of Whales in Paint” explores Rockwell Kent’s long fascination with the Herman Melville novel “Moby-Dick.” He illustrated a limited-edition book in 1930. This exhibition features Kent’s illustrations from the book, as well as art from other artists who have turned to Melville’s brooding novel as a source for inspiration. Also on view are the art books of Henri Matisse, a collection of a dozen books Matisse illustrated beginning in the 1930s.
The museum closes Dec. 31 and reopens Feb. 3. It’s the second time in two years that the museum has closed in January for renovations and for a museum-wide reinstallation of art.