Art agenda: Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes; 'Seeking the Ideal Land'

Archibald Prize 2014 winner: Fiona Lowry,

Archibald Prize 2014 winner: Fiona Lowry, "Penelope Seidler" (Fiona Lowry)

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The Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, hosts a trio of prestigious prizes, and the National Museum of Korea provides a retrospective on the importance and meaning of landscape within East Asian art.

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes
July 19 - September 28
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Three prizes celebrate three aspects of contemporary art: the Archibald Prize goes to the best portrait painting, the Wynne Prize is for the best Australian landscape, and the Sulman Prize rewards subject, genre or mural work in a variety of media. Short talks take place on Wednesday evenings, guided tours happen daily, and a series of Hollywood films are set for screening on Wednesdays and Sundays, August 20 - October 5.
artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archibald-wynne-sulman-prizes-2014/related-events/


Landscapes: Seeking the Ideal Land
July 26 - September 28, 2014
National Museum of Korea, Seoul

A retrospective looking at the form and function of landscape painting within East Asia, viewed as a means of not just recording natural scenes but projecting and upholding a certain set of cultural ideals.
museum.go.kr


Korea Artist Prize 2014
August 5 - October 26
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

Entering its third year, the Korea Artist Prize continues in its mission to highlight and nurture young talent, with this 12-week display in support of the coming crop of contemporary artists.
mmca.go.kr


Art Nocturne
August 9-17
Knocke-Heist, Belgium

A week's worth of soirées and special openings comprise this nighttime art festival, accommodated by the CC Sharpoord and the Hotel La Réserve on Lake Zegemeer. Exhibiting galleries and antique merchants travel from England, France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands to join a selection of Belgian professionals at the event.
artnocturneknocke.be


Shinique Smith: Bright Matter
August 23, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Celebrating the positive aspects of human nature, Shinique Smith expresses her vision through paint, sculpture, installation, video and performance works in a 30-piece collection from the past ten years.
http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/shinique-smith


African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
August 24 - November 30
Los Angeles County Musem of Art, LA

Exploring the relationship between artists from all over the African continent and the celestial firmament that forms part of the planetwide night-time experience, and exhibiting works both traditional and contemporary in nature.
http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/african-cosmos-stellar-arts


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