Art agenda: 'Bright Matter,' 'African Cosmos,' 'Sublime'

"African Cosmos: Stellar Arts," featuring "Untitled" (1989–1990) by Gavin Jantjes (photograph by Franko Khoury)


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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston welcomes Shinique Smith's multidisciplinary output, contemporary and classical artworks by Africans are displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a touring installation collection arrives at the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia.

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

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.

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

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.

Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection
August 30, 2014 - May 24, 2015
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Including installation works from Zilvinas Kempinas and Michael Sailstorfer, and Oskar Fischinger as part of a display which has previously been shown at the Whitney in New York, Tate Modern in London and Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Apertura 2014
September 11-13
Madrid, Spain

40 galleries, alongside the Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums, the Centro Dos de Mayo, and various privately held collections, combine efforts for a three-day festival that includes guided tours, workshops and curated visits, offering an alternative view of the Spanish capital.

SH Contemporary
September 12-14
Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China

Aiming to become Asia's most prestigious art fair and associated with Italy's Arte Fiera (hence its full title, BolognaFiere SH Contemporary), this year's edition has a special focus on Eastern European countries, with the Serbian, Shanghai-based curator Biljana Ciric in charge of Promising, the fair's gallery for talented artists under the age of 35.

ArtRio 2014
September 11-14, 2014
Pier Mauá, Rio, Brazil

With 100-odd galleries participating and an approximate 52,000 visitors needed to descend upon the coastal city's Pier Mauá in order to match 2013's tally, this year's edition divides its displays into four categories: Panorama (modern and contemporary art), Vista (new galleries, experimental curatorship), Lupa (new or site-specific large scale works), Solo (invitational).