The Frieze London and Frieze Masters fairs open in Regent's Park, the Kunsthalle Vienna Prize puts on its annual exhibit, the Canadian Biennial visits Ottawa's National Gallery once more, and the Tokyo National Museum puts on display a selection of historical and religious artifacts.
Frieze London, Frieze Masters
October 15-18, October 15-19
Regent's Park, London, UK
Frieze returns to London with its contemporary and historical shows, both within the grounds of Westminster's Royal Park. Talks, awards, and special performances ensue, with sculpture park selections chosen by Claire Liley of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, drawing from both Frieze London and the Frieze Masters.
Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2014
October 15 - November 16
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
A display of up and coming artists' work, including the annual prize winner, a graduate of the Vienna University of Applied Arts, as judged by University rector Gerald Bast, Lucas Gehrmann and Nicolaus Schafhausen of the Kunsthalle, and a third party art critic.
National Treasures of Japan
October 15 - December 7
Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan
A wide selection of artifacts with a particular focus on the influence of Buddhism, Shinto and sacred texts, with material forms ranging from earthenware statues to clothing, portraiture to elegant boxes, and a a miniature, 5.5m high model of the Pagoda of Gokurakubo.
Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014
October 17 - March 8, 2015
National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, Ontario
The Canadian Biennial returns to the NGC with a display of contemporary Canadian art, reflecting the institution's recent slate of acquisitions. Stock includes traditional and mixed media, sculpture, painting and installation.
Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain
Grand Palais, Paris, France
The capital's annual art festival, with exhibitors from France and around the world, may be centered on the glass-roofed Grand Palais, but it nonetheless spills out into public gardens, onto the Seine's banks and through the prestigious Place Vendome, with the Prix Marcel Duchamp award one of its pinnacle events.
El Greco in New York
November 4, 2014 - February 1, 2015
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Nine paintings from the Met's archives and six from the Hispanic Society of America provide a career-wide perspective on the Grecian master upon the 400th anniversary of his death, while the nearby Frick provides three further works within its own confines. Other timely exhibitions include one from the National Gallery of Art in Washington (November 2 - February 16, 2015) and a half dozen or more across Greece throughout the period (inc. two at the Benaki Museum, Athens).
Signature Art Prize
November 14, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Fifteen finalists for the SAP go on display from November, with the winners announced on January 22, 2015. Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan are represented, with two finalists each from China and Singapore. A public vote is being held both on-site and online.