A rich mix of contemporary and traditional art events is taking place across the globe in October. Major art fairs, HKIAAF 09, FIAC 2009 and Frieze Art Fair provide an insight into the world of contemporary art and emerging international art trends while J.W Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment, Georges Seurat. Figure in Space, Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius and Van Gogh's Letters: The artist speaks, provide viewers with an in-depth look at artworks made by the masters.
Pop Life : Art in a Material World
October 1, 2009 - January 17, 2010
Tate Modern, London/UK
Pop Life: Art in a Material World re-examines the later works of Andy Warhol and analyzes his influence on modern artists working with branding, self-promotion, mass media, celebrity and the artist's persona. Pop Life: Art in a Material World will present installations and recreate performative exploits that represent milestones in the careers of the exhibition's influential protagonists. Influential works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Keith Haring, Martin Kippenberger, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami will be exhibited in Pop Life: Art in a Material World.
J.W Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment
October 1, 2009 - February 7, 2010
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts/Canada
Garden of Enchantment is the largest ever John William Waterhouse retrospective to be held and the first to feature artworks that span the artist's entire artistic career. Over 80 works will be featured in the exhibition, many of which have been loaned from galleries across the world. Waterhouse's famous large-scale works in oil will be accompanied by the artist's sketchbooks, studies in oil, chalk and pencil - some of which have never previously been exhibited in public. The exhibition will travel from the Royal Academy of Arts where it was shown from June 27 to September 13, 2009.
Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely
October 2, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely will focus on the relationship between the two inventive artists. The exhibition will showcase the development of Tinguely's influential work - from his rarely examined early career to his later ‘auto-destructive' and performance works. The exhibition will also reveal the resulting works produced by Michael Landy that document and respond to Tinguely's most famous piece entitled Homage to New York - a self-destroying mechanical artwork that was in motion for 27 minutes before crashing to the ground and catching fire during a live performance at MOMA in 1960.
Georges Seurat. Figure in Space
October 2, 2009 - January 17, 2010
Kunsthaus Zürich /Switzerland
Seventy works of art by famed artist Georges Seurat - a founding artist in the Pointillism movement - will be featured at the Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland. The young artist produced a limited number of artworks during his short career (the artist lived to 30) but these paintings presented images in a way that had never been seen before. Visitors to the exhibition will become aware of how the artist captured the imagination of his contemporaries through his unique use of scientific precision and pointillist techniques. The exhibition Figure in Space provides viewers with a rare opportunity to see a large collection of Seurat's paintings, drawings and oil studies exhibited together.
Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair
October 3 - 6
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre/Hong Kong
The fifth edition of the Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair (HKIAAF 09) will be held from October 3 to 6 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair showcases a combination of fine art and antiques with hidden treasures that will appeal to collectors from all over the world. Leading Hong Kong and international galleries will present their collections at the fair which attracts members of the international art world, antique and art collectors and buyers from across the globe.
Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius
October 3, 2009 - February 21, 2010
High Museum of Art Atlanta/USA
Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius will examine the approximately 50 works of art created by the artist, inventor and sculpture. It is the first exhibition to detail Leonardo's interest and influence on sculpture and will place his work alongside those who were inspired and influenced by the artist. The exhibition will be divided into three separate sections: Leonardo, Sculptor; Leonardo, Student; and Leonardo, Mentor. Each section will focus on a different area of the artist's career and will showcase his drawings, sketches, sculptures and concepts. The exhibition will travel to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from March 23 to June 20, 2010.
Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889
October 4, 2009 - January 18, 2010
Cleveland Museum of Art/USA
The exhibition Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 focuses on a period of transition in the life and art of French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin - a moment in time in which Gauguin started to use themes, motives and styles that would reappear in his later works and develop into elements that would later characterize the artist's signature style. The exhibition will run from October 4, 2009 to January 18, 2010 before travelling to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Turner Prize 2009
October 6, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Tate Britain, London/UK
The often controversial Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British artist under 50 for his or her outstanding exhibition or other presentation of work in the twelve months preceding April 21, 2009. The winner of the Turner Prize receives £25,000 (€27, 300) and the other shortlisted artists receive £5,000 (€5,400) each. This year's shortlisted artists are Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on October 6, 2009. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on December 7, 2009 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.
October 9 - 12
Suntec Singapore center/Singapore
ARTSingapore 2009 presents the best in contemporary and emerging art from local and international artists. Traders and art collectors attend the four-day art fair to discover new trends in the Asian Art market and to acquire new pieces for their collections. This year, a new section entitled " New Finds" will be included into the art fair. " New Finds" showcases the freshest art from young and emerging artists still in the process of cementing their career.
Van Gogh's letters: The artist speaks
October 9, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam/Netherlands
The exhibition Van Gogh's Letters: The artist speaks explores the relationship between Van Gogh's written words and his artwork. Over 120 original letters will be accompanied by the works of art they reference. The fragile and rarely exposed letters provide viewers with a comprehensive insight into Van Gogh's life as an artist and writer. The letters include rarely seen sketches of the paintings Van Gogh was working on when he wrote to his correspondents and present the viewer with the opportunity to compare the events taking place in his life with the subject matter he chose to paint. An iPhone application, " Yours, Vincent" and a website www.vangoghletters.org have been produced in collaboration with the exhibition and enable overseas viewers to read and view the letters from the comfort of their own home.
Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism's First 100 Years
October 14 - 18
San Francisco MOMA & various locations/USA
Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism's First 100 Years will take place in various locations throughout San Francisco to celebrate the centenary of Italian Futurism. The series of events highlights the significant contribution artists within the Futurist movement made to contemporary art and will re-examine the connections the genre has with innovative and performance works created by today's artists.
Frieze Art Fair
October 15 - 18
Regent's Park, London/UK
Frieze Art Fair is an annual event that groups together outstanding artwork from more than 150 contemporary art galleries from across the globe. Visitors are invited to explore the latest trends in contemporary art. As part of the event, specially commissioned, large-scale artworks will be showcased in the Sculpture Park alongside works made by acclaimed international artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Paul McCarthy and Eva Rothschild. Entrance to the Sculpture Park is free.
Art and Illusions: Masterpieces of Trompe l'oeil from Antiquity ‘till the Present
October 16, 2009 - January 24, 2010
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence/Italy
Over 200 works of art from ancient Greco-Roman times to present day will be featured in the exhibition Art and Illusions: Masterpieces of Trompe l'oeil from Antiquity ‘till the Present. The exhibition delves into the amazing world of optical illusions and artwork trickery to present thorough history of trompe-l'oeil. The themes of deception, illusion and reality vs fiction are explored through paintings, sculptures, furniture, objects and models displayed within the exhibition.
October 22 - 25
Cour Carrée, Louvre Museum & Tuileries Garden, Paris/France
Almost 200 galleries and more than 3500 artists will be present at the 36th edition of FIAC in Paris. This famous contemporary Art Fair showcases the best in modern and contemporary art and is one of the leading launch-pads for up-and-coming artists. FIAC will be presented within the Tuileries Gardens and in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre Museum. Artworks are arranged in chronological order and range from electronic arts through painting, sculpture, installations, soundworks and conceptual art. Along with the main exhibition, 12 large-scale outdoor projects will be shown within the Tuileries Gardens.
The Anarchy of Silence. John Cage and Experimental Art
October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona/Spain
A unique exhibition held in Barcelona will showcase the widely unknown works of musician and artist John Cage. The Anarchy of Silence: John Cage and Experimental Art draws inspiration from the artist's influence on conceptual art and explores the way in which music and art coincide. The exhibition traces the artist's entire career, from his early abstract pieces and unconventional use of instruments to his later conceptual and silent works and finally to his innovative use of media during the later stages of his career.
Rob Pruitt presents The First Annual Art Awards
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York/USA
The first edition of the annual Art Awards aims to celebrate the work of contemporary artist, institutions and projects that have changed the face of contemporary art during the year. The Art Awards function as part ceremony, part performance piece which echoes the format of traditional Hollywood awards. Presenters at this year's event include Cecily Brown, Sofia Coppola and Mary Kate Olsen. Some of the categories awarded include Artist of the Year, Curator of the Year and Exhibition Outside the United States.