Weekly arts agenda: Art Osaka, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion opening
Friday 02 July 2010
During the week of July 5, Art Osaka will give viewers a break from the cluttered group-show standard seen within many art fairs. The majority of exhibiting galleries will instead focus on solo shows. In London, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion will open, becoming a staple venue for late night events and artist talks.
The eighth edition of Art Osaka will see 47 galleries from Japan and Asia presenting the work of internationally established artists and emerging talents. Taking a break from the usual art fair format of showing works by multiple artists, 23 of the galleries will present one-person shows for the fair's new "Solo Exhibition" project.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
July 10-October 17
For the last nine years the Serpentine Gallery has been commissioning architects to create experimental architectural buildings for their pavilion project - considered to be the "most ambitious architectural program of its kind." To celebrate the gallery's 40th anniversary year and 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery has commissioned renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The iconic red structure created by Nouvel will function as a public space, café, late night venue, an auditorium and as a space for various other events.
Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival is a celebration of street art, music, theater, literature and visual arts. The 32-year-old festival showcases an international lineup of artists alongside Ireland's best talents. This year works from artists such as Spike Jonze, Brian Bourke, Henri Matisse, and Bill Viola will be featured at the event.
Portugal Arte 2010
July 16-August 15
Lisbon, Grândola, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António
The inaugural edition of Portugal Arte is the first in a series of biannual events planned to pinpoint contemporary art trends within the international art circuit. The month-long event will take place in public spaces and venues throughout Lisbon, Grândola, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António in Portugal. Public, open-air locations and historic interior spaces in those cities will come alive with commissioned public sculpture projects, curated group exhibitions and site-specific installations.
Setouchi International Art Festival 2010
July 19-October 31
Seven Islands of the Seto Inland Sea + Takamatsu
Set against a backdrop of the Seto Inland Sea, the Setouchi International Arts Festival is home to a wealth of adventurous contemporary art projects. The festival features the work of 75 artists and architects hailing from 17 countries and regions across the globe. This year's theme of "Utilize existing elements, and create elements that do not exist" echoes the invited artists' interaction with this unique and culturally rich exhibition site.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair has been running for 51 years and attracts over half a million visitors from around the world each year. The annual event brings local artists out on to the streets of Ann Arbor to celebrate the creation of arts and crafts. The fair includes works in the fields of ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, and glass.
July 30-August 1
SMX Convention Center
Pasay City, Philippines
Manilart10 is a contemporary art fair with a strong focus on Asian and Filipino art. This year's event will feature more than 1,000 paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks, making Manilart 10 the country's largest ever art fair. Approximately 60 galleries will come to the event to present the work of around 400 talented artists.
Mail Me Art: Medium Without a Message
July 30-August 5
Red Gate Gallery London
Mail Me Art: Medium Without a Message is an exhibition of "Mail Art" created by illustrators and artists from around the globe. More than 700 envelopes, boxes and other forms of Mail Art will shown during the exhibition, all of which are available for purchase. Each piece has been sent through the mail and will be displayed in its "delivered state," complete with postmarks and stamps.
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