Weekly arts agenda: Art Month Sydney, Armory Arts Week

A myriad of arts events will be taking place this week under the banners of Armory Arts Week in New York City and Art Month Sydney in Australia. The two cities will become central art hubs showcasing innovative contemporary artworks in a variety of locations and settings.

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 more than 290 million times.
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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.
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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 include Volta NY, The Art Show, Independent, Moving Image, Pulse, Scope New York, Red Dot, Fountain New York, and Verge Art Brooklyn.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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6th Art Fair Tokyo
April 1-3
Tokyo International Forum, Exhibition Hall & Lobby Gallery
Tokyo, Japan

Art Fair Tokyo is a broad-ranging art fair that encompasses contemporary and modern art as well as the more traditional Japanese art forms such as nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) and ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock art). The event drew a record crowd of 50,000 visitors in 2010. The Fair's motto is "art is something to buy, not just something to look at." More than 130 galleries will showcase works made by local and international artists. Art Fair Tokyo will be held concurrently with exhibitions at several art museums and art projects in the greater Tokyo area as part of Tokyo Art Week (March 26 - April 3).  
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