During the week of September 6, the art world will turn to China for the opening of both the Shanghai Art Fair and ShContemporary - two art fairs that highlight leading contemporary and modern works from Asian and international artists.
Shanghai Art Fair
The Shanghai Art Fair was established in 1997 and has since grown to become one of China's most important art fairs welcoming more than 1000 galleries from more than 50 countries. 2010 marks the 14th edition of the fair. This year's slogan, "Make Collecting Artworks Fashionable," seeks to encourage the purchase of artworks as a fashionable and engaging social activity. The large selection of global and domestic artwork has included original masterpieces from the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Renoir, Monet, Zhu Dequn, Qi Baishi, Xu Beihong, and Zhang Daqian.
Shanghai Exhibition Center
In 2009 the ShContemporary fair attracted more than 30,000 visitors. For its fourth edition, the fair seeks to explore "new ideas that confront pressing issues in the Chinese and Asian art markets." Large scale and experimental works by some of the most significant international artists of the last two decades will be on display in the Discoveries section while a selection of invited Asian and international galleries will display contemporary artworks from artists hailing from across the globe in the Best of Galleries area.
20/21 British Art Fair
Royal College of Art
20/21 is an art fair that specializes in modern and contemporary art exclusively made by British artists. 20th century masters such as Bacon, Freud, Frink, Frost, Hepworth, Hockney, Hodgson, Lanyon, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Piper, Riley, Scott, Sutherland and Spencer will be on show alongside works by Hirst, Emin, and Grayson Perry.
September 18-November 28
Various locations in Liverpool
The Liverpool Biennial is the largest visual arts event in the UK. In 2008 the contemporary arts event welcomed 960,000 visitors through the doors. In 2010 the event will be bigger than ever with six different programs ranging from works by the UK's best up-and-coming artists to international exhibitions that explore the cultural dynamics between cities and states.
Exhibition Centre, Cologne-Deutz
Photokina is the world's largest global photography and imaging fair. It offers comprehensive insights into all aspects of imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets for both consumers and industry insiders. The more than 150,000 expected visitors will preview the latest photography equipment innovations, rub noses with the "who's who" of the imaging industry and view stunning artwork created by leading international photographers.
Central House of Artists
Hailed as the largest contemporary art fair in Eastern Europe, Art Moscow has become a mecca for cutting-edge works and forward-thinking art in Russia. Techno Russia, an exhibition that traces the history of technology in Russian art, will be a highlight at this year's event.
Gauguin: Maker of Myth
September 30-January 16, 2011
Gauguin: Maker of Myth is the first major retrospective of the late 19th century master to be held in London in over 50 years. More than 100 iconic Gauguin works have been gathered from around the world for the exhibition, which hopes to present the French Post-Impressionist painter's works in a fresh light.
Arts: Le Havre 2010
Le Havre, France
Arts: Le Havre Biennale d'Art Contemporain is a contemporary art fair held every two years in France. In 2010 the fair will investigate the relationship between contemporary art and comics, a playful juxtaposition that both highlights the differences and blurs the lines between the two mediums.
Fine Art Asia (formally HKIAAF)
October 3 - 6
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Hong Kong International Art and Antiques Fair (HKIAAF) has been re-branded as the Fine Art Asia fair in 2010. The fair showcases a combination of fine art and antiques with hidden treasures that will appeal to collectors from all over the world. Leading Hong Kong and international galleries will present their collections at the fair which attracts members of the international art world, antique and art collectors and buyers from across the globe.
Turner Prize 2010
October 4, 2010-January 3, 2011
The often controversial Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British artist under 50 for his or her outstanding exhibition or other presentation of work in the twelve months preceding April 27, 2010. This year's shortlisted artists are Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, Susan Philipsz and The Otolith Group. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at Tate Britain opening on October 4. The winner will be announced at Tate Britain on December 6 during a live broadcast by Channel 4.
Suntec Singapore center
ARTSingapore presents the best in contemporary and emerging art from local and international artists. Traders and art collectors attend the four-day art fair to discover new trends in the Asian Art market and to acquire new pieces for their collections. In 2010 the fair celebrates its tenth year. Highlights include Tan Kai Syng's multimedia works in the Sony New Media Space and New Finds, a special exhibition showcasing the works of emerging artists.