August 01, 1988 12:00 PM

So you can’t fly to Italy this summer to check out Jasper Johns’s show at the Venice Biennale. You’re too bored with Paris to take in the Picasso Museum, and if you visit the new wing of the Tate in London, you have to put up with English food. Keep cool. There are plenty of aesthetically pleasing distractions right at home yet far enough off the beaten track to satisfy an adventurous spirit. Here’s a sampling of American treasures:

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