Weekly arts agenda: American Craft Council Show

Looking for handmade works of art for under $100 or need a beautiful sculpture for your garden? The work of more than 700 contemporary artists will go on show on February 24 at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore.

American Craft Council Show
February 24-27
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD, USA

More than 700 contemporary home decor, clothing, furniture and jewelry artists will show their wares at the American Craft Council Show, America's largest juried, indoor craft show. The event provides a wide selection of crafts and artworks including furniture and decorative accessories for lawn & garden, environmentally friendly art, art made by college students and a new section for 2011: handmade objects under $100. The American Craft Council also organizes shows in Atlanta (March 11-13), St. Paul (April 15-17), and San Francisco (August 12-14).
http://shows.craftcouncil.org/baltimore


Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth
February 27 - June 2
National Gallery of Art
Washington DC, USA

Paul Gauguin's colorful images of Brittany and the South Seas' islands are presented in this exhibit of 120 works, organized by the Tate Modern of London. The first major show in the US of the French artist since a 1988 retrospective, featuring self-portraits, still lifes and landscapes, paintings, pastels, sculpture, and decorated objects. The show explores Gauguin's use of myth and symbol to tell stories, from European culture to Maori legend.
http://www.nga.gov


TED2011
February 28 - March 4
Long Beach, California, USA

TED, an acronym for Technology Entertainment Design, brings together scientific pioneers, visionaries, musicians and provocateurs from around the world for its famous talks. Presentations feature tech demos, video and TEDUniversity sessions. The program extends into evening art exhibits, comedy and experiences. Since 1990, the gatherings have continued to grow, extending to a TEDGlobal in a different country annually. Since 2007, talks are shown online for free and have been viewed 290 million times.
http://www.TED.com


2nd Art Month Sydney
March 1-31
Various venues across Sydney
Sydney, Australia

Sydney celebrates contemporary art with a month-long festival of exhibitions, late night openings, free public talks, behind-the-scenes tours and special events. More than 70 galleries across the city will take part in the event. Like LA Arts Month, Arts Month San Diego, and New York Gallery Week, the event aims to promote local galleries and artists. It also aspires to encourage people to make gallery-going a regular activity in their schedules.
http://artmonthsydney.com/


12th Armory Arts Week
March 3-6
Various locations
New York City, USA

Centered around the Armory Show (New York's biggest art fair), Armory Arts Week has become an international institution that involves artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from around the world. Armory Arts Week has been running for 12 years and draws a healthy crowd of around 60,000 international and local visitors. Concurrent art fairs in 2010 included the ADAA Art Show, Volta NY, Independent, Pulse, Scope, Dutch Art Now, Red Dot, Fountain, Pool, Korean Art show and Verge.
http://www.armoryartsweek.com/


12th Armory Show
March 3-6
Piers 92 & 94, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York, USA

In 2010 60,000 visitors attended New York's leading annual contemporary art fair, The Armory Show. In 2011 The Armory Show will again be split into two categories - Contemporary and Modern Art - showcasing the art of living artists and the masterpieces that inspired them.
http://www.thearmoryshow.com/


Picasso, Miró, Dalí. Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity
March 12 - July 17
Palazzo Strozzi
Florence, Italy

Picasso, Miró, Dalí. Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity tracks the three influential artists during their early career, detailing how their early works played a decisive role in the beginning of modern art in Spain. The exhibition focuses on Picasso's pre-cubist works painted during 1900 to 1905, Juan Miró's works from 1915-1920 and Salvodor Dalí's works from 1920 to 1925 - all of which have been rarely shown in mainstream exhibitions.
http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=604


5th Art Dubai
March 16-19
Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

While relatively new on the art scene, Art Dubai has quickly become a hub for contemporary art from the Middle East region and welcomed almost 18,000 visitors in 2010. The fifth edition of Art Dubai brings together more than 80 galleries from the Middle East and around the globe. The event also encompasses an extensive program of collateral events including the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, film screenings, talks and performances at Art Park, and art workshops for refugee and orphaned children as part of START.
http://www.artdubai.ae/


33rd Artexpo New York
March 25-27
Pier 94 on the Hudson River
New York, USA

The international Artexpo bills itself as the world's largest fine art trade show. The event hopes to attract in excess of 10,000 buyers and art enthusiasts, 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 also hosts a special three-day Education Series.
http://artexponewyork.com

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