Weekly global art events agenda: Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Miami

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Miami will become the center for contemporary and modern art during the week of November 30. Art Basel Miami Beach will take place from December 3 to 6 and will run parallel to many other large satellite shows based in Miami including Art Miami and Photo Miami.

Photo Miami 2009
December 1-6
Wynwood Arts District in Miami/USA

The fourth edition of Photo Miami will take place from December 1 to 6 in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. The contemporary arts fair will include a wide selection of photo-based art along with works falling into the genres of new media and video. The event will coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach and a number of other exhibitions and arts events taking place in the area in December.

Art Miami
December 2 - 6
The Art Miami Pavilion in Miami/USA

In 2009, Art Miami will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The event will take place during Miami Art Week and will showcase contemporary artworks from over 80 international and local contemporary art galleries. A range of special exhibitions will be held as part of Art Miami's anniversary celebrations including a video art exhibition entitled "Mapping the Blank Spots."



Art Basel Miami Beach
December 3 -6
Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami/USA

Art Basel Miami Beach is a major event in the US and international arts calendar. This year the fair will play host to over 250 leading art galleries and will showcase artworks from more than 2,000 international and local artists. The prestigious event is now in its 40th year and functions as a space for showcasing the crème de la crème of contemporary art and as a social networking event for the who's who of the American art scene. A range of exhibitions, special events and parties will be held in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach.

Contemporary Istanbul 2009
December 3 - 6
Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC) in Istanbul/Turkey

Contemporary Istanbul is considered by many to be the "most extensive" contemporary and modern art event within Turkey. The art fair presents the art-going public with new perspectives on Turkish art and juxtaposes these with a selection of contemporary works from galleries around the world. Participating galleries have been selected by the Contemporary Istanbul jury. The event features artworks in the disciplines of painting, sculpture, plastic arts, works on paper, photography, installation, video and original graphics. Conferences, exhibitions and additional art projects will run parallel to the event.

GSK Contemporary: Earth
December 3, 2009 - January 31, 2010
Royal Academy of Art, 6 Burlington Gardens in London/UK

Earth: Art of a changing world will be held during the Royal Academy's second annual contemporary art season in collaboration with GSK Contemporary 2009. The exhibition will showcase new artworks from over 30 contemporary artists. The featured artworks will comment on the earth's changing climate. The exhibition interconnects issues surrounding the climate change debate with art that reflects the topic and examines  the ways in which artists have responded to environmental change.

6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary art
December 5, 2009 - April 5, 2010
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art in Queensland/Australia

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the only major exhibition to exclusively showcase contemporary art hailing from Asia, the Pacific and Australia. The Triennial has been running since 1993 and boasted an attendance of over 700,000 visitors in 2006. The exhibition will feature more than 100 works from artists hailing from more than 25 countries located in the Asia Pacific region.

Turner Prize winner announced
December 7
London/UK - TV Broadcast on Channel 4

The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award given to a British artist under the age of 50. One of four shortlisted artists for 2009 will be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize on December 7. Enrico David, Roger Hiorns, Lucy Skaer and Richard Wright are the hopeful candidates for this year's award - one of whom will be selected for the prize by judges Mariella Frostrup, Charles Esche, Jonathan Jones and Andrea Schlieker. A selection of works created by the artists is on show at the Tate Britain until January 3, 2010.

Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference
December 8, 2009-February 28, 2010
J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles/USA

The exhibition Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference explores the similarities between the 17th century Dutch artist's drawings and works of art crafted by his more than 50 documented students. The works of 15 of Rembrandt's students will be closely compared with his own.

Decode: Digital Design Sensations
December 8, 2009 - April 11, 2010
Victoria and Albert Museum in London/UK

Technology and art collide at the Decode: Digital Design Sensations exhibition. The installation-based exhibition explores the realm where computers become the creators and where art intrudes in the space normally reserved for 0s and 1s. One-off performances and specially commissioned works will be shown within the Porter Gallery and for the first time V&A has commissioned digital works that will be shown on the V&A website during the exhibition.

Take your Time: Olafur Eliasson
December 10, 2009 - April 11, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney/Australia

Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art has sourced Olafur Eliasson artworks from galleries across the world to produce this major Olafur Eliasson exhibition. The show encompasses the Danish-Icelandic artist's career from 1993 to present and includes a number of large-scale installations, sculptures and photographs. Viewers will be able to walk through spectacular kaleidoscope-like installations and light-filled environments that embody the shifting lines between the artificial and the organic.

Gabriel Orozco
December 13, 2009 - March 1, 2010
MoMA in New York/USA

The works of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco will be displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York from December 13, 2009 to March 1, 2010. The artist moves freely between disciplines making art in the fields of sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Orozco is known for his interest in the everyday object as art and his works often lie in the space between reality and artistic creation. The exhibition will travel to the Kunstmuseum Basel, the national modern art musem Centre Pompidou, Paris before being shown at the Tate Modern, London.

Via Design 3.0
December 16, 2009 - February 1, 2010
Centre Pompidou in Paris/France

Valorization of Innovation in furnishing (VIA) will feature some of the first works created by famous artists and designers Philippe Starck, Martin Szekely, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Matali Crasset, Mathieu Lehanneur, François Azambourg, Philippe Rahm, Gaetano Pesce and Andrée Putman. The work of young up-and-coming designers will also be featured alongside the work of the great designers to emphasize the importance of the Via initiative.

Jenny Holzer
December 17, 2009 - February 28, 2010
ACCA in Melbourne/Australia

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will host the first Australian survey of works by American artist Jenny Holzer in December. Holzer's famous text-based works will be projected across the walls of the main exhibition hall in the Melbourne Gallery. The projections will be accompanied by an LED installation and recent paintings depicting declassified government documents. 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: 75th Anniversary Show
December 19, 2009 - January 16, 2011
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco/USA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a spectacular Anniversary Show, sourcing more than 400 artworks from its collection to highlight the museum's history of trend-setting exhibitions. The mammoth show will include paintings, drawings prints, sculptures, videos, photographs, architectural models and design objects. Expect to see works from Jeff Koons, Frida Kahlo, Pollock, and Mike Mandel.