Dubai welcomes national and international artists, critics, and collectors for Art Dubai, while in Australia, state capital Sydney gears up for a three-month celebration of the artistic imagination.
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Curated projects, commissioned works, performance, film and video sit alongside new works from the winners of the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014, with the Global Art Forum taking place throughout. Part of Dubai's Art Week (March 13-23, artweek.ae).
19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire
March 21 - June 9
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Exploring the artistic imagination through works large and small, performance-based and static, and housed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Art, various locations around the city, and on Cockatoo Island.
Art Paris Art Fair: Springtime in Paris
Grand Palais, Paris, France
Billing itself as "the Springtime event for Modern and Contemporary Art" with China as this year's guest of honor -- and photographic chameleon Liu Bolin among exhibitors -- the fair features both art and design while acting as a platform for younger galleries and their clientele.
The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014
April 5 - July 27
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Charting Italy's rise from the rubble of a post-war era to bastion of luxury fashion houses, with 100 pieces from labels including Versace, Prada, D&G, Armani, Gucci and Valentino as well as picks from a selection of emerging star designers.
Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection
April 6 - July 27
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massechusetts
Vivid, colorful quilts from the ouvre of Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, with over 60 examples, including sections on variations and optical illusions. Running concurrently at the MFA are "Visiting Masterpieces: Caravaggio and Connoisseurship" and draft document exhibit "D is for Design."
Wang Gongxin: Video Artist
April 11 - September 28
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
A 20-year veteran of the video art space, Gongxin explores social issues with a light touch; three works from the major Chinese artist -- "The dinner table," "Relating - It's About YA," and "Basic Colour" -- are being made available to view for free for a five and a half month stretch at the NGV.