Weekly arts agenda: Armory Arts Week, Armory Arts Show

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New York City will be busy playing host to thousands of international visitors and locals attending the Armory Arts Week during the week of March 1. The week-long celebration of contemporary and modern art encompasses large arts fairs like The Armory Show, SCOPE New York, Verge New York, Volta NY, Pulse, Red Dot and ADDAA Art show as well as many smaller satellite exhibitions held in galleries across New York.

Armory Arts Week
March 4-7
Various locations
New York, USA

Armory Arts Week is a celebration of contemporary and modern art that takes place in New York City March 4 -7. In 2010 a wealth of satellite fairs will be held concurrently to The Armory Show including the ADAA Art Show, Dutch Art Now, Fountain New York, Independent Korean Art Show, Pool, Pulse, Red Dot, SCOPE New York, Verge New York and Volta NY. In addition, many New York-based galleries and local arts organizations will host special exhibitions and reduce entrance fees to coincide with the event.

The Armory Show
March 4-7
Piers 92 & 94 Twelfth Avenue at 55 Street
New York, USA

In 2009, 52,000 visitors attended New York's leading annual contemporary art fair, The Armory Show. In 2010 The Armory Show plans to be bigger and better with the introduction of Armory Focus and the second edition of The Armory Show - Modern: Art of the 20th Century. Berlin has been chosen as the first Armory Focus city and 21 of the capital's leading galleries will be present at the New York show.

Lucian Freud exhibit
March 10-July 19
Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

Lucian Freud's first exhibition in France since 1987 will revolve around the theme of the artist's studio. The flesh-like qualities of Freud's paintings are evident amongst the recurrent themes of the portrait and the nude and have made the artist, now 88, one of the most important living artists in the world. Around 50 of his large-scale paintings have been selected for the Parisian exhibition including his main full-size compositions, variations on former masters, his series of self portraits and the more recently completed portraits of Leigh Bowery and Big Sue. These works will be supported by a selection of graphic works and photographs of the artist's London studio.

TEFAF Maastrich Arts and Antiques Fair
March 12 -21
Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre
Maastricht, The Netherlands

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) is the world's leading Arts and Antiques Fair. Last year the fair attracted close to 68,000 visitors. In 2010 a record number of more than 260 art and antiques dealers will travel to the fair from 17 countries. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to view approximately 50,000 stunning examples of art and artifacts from across the globe. Because of the size of the fair (at 31,000m2 it would fill about seven football fields) the event is divided into nine sections that represent all the different forms of art and antiques. A new section has been added this year that is entirely dedicated to works on paper.

Art Dubai
March 17-20
Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Whilst relatively new on the art scene, Art Dubai has become a hub for contemporary art from the Middle East region. The third edition of Art Dubai attracted 14,000 visitors in 2009. The 2010 arts festival will encompass the unveiling of the artworks by this year's recipients of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize; a prestigious watch exhibition curated by Van Cleef & Arpels; film screenings talks and performances at Art Park; and and architectural tours, performances and talks as part of Contemparabia 2010.

Artexpo New York
March 25-28
Pier 94 on the Hudson River
New York, USA

The 32nd international Artexpo will welcome more than 400 artists, galleries and publishers from around the world. The world's largest fine art trade show hopes to attract in excess of 25,000 buyers and art enthusiasts in 2010 all coming to view and purchase wholesale works directly from artists and publishers. In addition to the large showcase of prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and ceramics, Artexpo will host a special Education Series. The educational seminars and conference classes will be held across the three days on subjects such as art and the economy, art marketing and social media for artists.

April 21 - 25
Cologne Trade Fair Centre (Koelnmesse)
Cologne, Germany

Almost 200 leading local and international galleries will showcase classical 20th century art, post-war art and contemporary art at the 44th edition of ART COLOGNE. A selection of special projects under the banner of Open Space and New Contemporaries will feature works by young and cutting-edge artists. In 2009, 56,500 people attended ART COLOGNE.

CONTACT 2010 Toronto Photography Festival
Various locations
Toronto, Canada

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography festival with more than 1,000,000 visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with galleries throughout Toronto and is comprised of exhibitions, public installations, lectures, films and events. In 2010 CONTACT will explore the ways in which photography "informs and transforms human behaviour."