Weekly global art events agenda: Sculpture by the Sea

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Next week, art enthusiasts will be able to walk the along the beautiful beaches of New South Wales while looking at the contemporary sculptures that become part of the landscape during the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney. Plus a preview of key events in the following weeks.

Rob Pruitt presents The First Annual Art Awards
October 29
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York/USA

The first edition of the annual Art Awards aims to celebrate the work of contemporary artists, 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.


Sculpture by the Sea
October 29 - Nov 15
Bondi Beach in Sydney/Australia

Sculpture by the Sea is an annual exhibition that takes sculptures out of the gallery and onto the beach. Approximately 400,000 visitors are attracted to the free cultural event where visitors can take a walk along the beach and contemplate over 100 contemporary artworks juxtaposed by the natural surroundings.


CREAM (CREativity for Arts and Media) - International Festival for Arts and Media Yokohama 2009 October 31 - November 29
Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall, BankART Studio NYK, and other nearby venues in Yokohama City, Japan

The Yokohama port in Japan is celebrating its 150 anniversary of opening with an international arts festival. Over 80 artists from 16 countries have contributed works that bridge the divide between contemporary art, film, media, animation, photography and technology. This new breed of festival aims to escape from the binding labels of "art fair" and instead hopes to provide a space for visitors to take part in and discuss contemporary art.


Rebecca Horn
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
October 31 - February 14, 2010

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo will hold the first ever large-scale exhibition of the work of German-based performance artist Rebecca Horn in Japan. The exhibition will span the full range of Horn's artistic endeavors and will include videos of early performances, sensory objects, full-scale feature-length films, installations, kinetic sculptures and recent paintings made by the artist.


Art en Capital
November 4 - 8
Grand Palais in Paris/France

Art en Capital is a contemporary art fair held at the Grand Palais in Paris. The event brings together gallery owners, art collectors, art professionals and spectators to view a wide selection of contemporary art made by young artists. Art en Capital also provides a forum for interested members of the public and those within the art industry to strike up a discussion about art and the art community as a whole.


Artissima International Fair of Contemporary Art
November 6 - 8
Lingotto Fiere in Turin/Italy

Artissima International Fair of Contemporary Art is an art event dedicated to young, contemporary artists. Approximately 200 new galleries from across the globe will showcase outstanding artworks in the field of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance art.


David Hockney - 1960 - 1968: A Marriage of Styles
November 14 - January 24, 2010

Nottingham Contemporary Gallery in Nottingham/UK
To celebrate their opening, the Nottingham Contemporary will stage a major exhibition by American painter David Hockney. Over 60 Hockney works will be featured within two of Nottingham Contemporary's four galleries. The works depict the artist's changing style over an eight-year period and will include his first paintings to explore abstraction in the 1960s and the stunning visions of southern California painted in the years after. The gallery will be free for visitors on November 14 and 15.


Tim Burton
November 22 - April 26, 2010
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York/US

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will hold a major retrospective of the life and works of American director and artist Tim Burton. The retrospective will include a gallery exhibition and a film exhibition that documents Burton's career and his influential work as a producer, writer, concept artist, photographer and illustrator. For the first time in history, Burton fans will be able to see artwork he made as a student, examples of his nonprofessional films and excerpts from unrealized projects.