The World Of Art In August

Art aficionados will be treated to an eclectic selection of creative exhibitions throughout the month

Published: 04 August 2017

Entang Wiharso, Photo © CAN’S Gallery
Entang Wiharso, Photo © CAN’S Gallery

Indonesian Insights
Putting Indonesian art in the limelight is Art Stage Jakarta, an annual art market held in Sheraton Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, Indonesia. Happening this month, between 11-14 August, the event promises to showcase a rich selection of works from local artists and from artists across Southeast Asia. Visitors are also offered a rare insight into the world of Indonesian art with The Collectors Show, a section of the exhibition that’s donated and curated by several individual collectors.

Photo © Edinburgh Art Festival
Photo © Edinburgh Art Festival

Feast For The Eyes
Edinburgh is known for its comedy festival, but the city is also the venue for one of the UK’s largest annual festivals of visual arts. It brings together galleries from across the city along with art spaces, solo artists, performers and museums for a month-long celebration, with most events free to attend. Until 27 August, the programme brims with shows to suit all tastes as well as family-friendly activities.

Photo © Serpentine Gallery Images
Photo © Serpentine Gallery Images

Perry Popular
Prestigious British artist Grayson Perry presents ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ at the Serpentine Gallery this month. The free show sees the multitalented artist use numerous mediums to explore several themes, including masculinity, the existing political landscape in England and abroad, and the pursuit of popularity. Perry is renowned for his astute social commentary and his ability to cut to the core of pressing current issues, and this exhibition is no exception.

Photo © Melbourne Writer’s Festival
Photo © Melbourne Writer’s Festival

The Write Stuff
The Melbourne Writer’s Festival is now in its third decade and is growing every year to encompass more guest speakers, international and local writers and more visitors. From 25 August until 3 September at various venues across the city, the Writer’s Festival presents a rich programme of talks, readings, spoken word performances, workshops and discussions. It’s a fantastic environment to be introduced to fresh ideas and to gain new perspectives on topical issues.

Photo ©  Philipp Hänger/Kunsthalle Basel
Photo © Philipp Hänger/Kunsthalle Basel

Tall Tales
Catch Beijing-born artist Yan Xing’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland at the Kunsthalle Basel this month. A multidiscipline artist, Xing often weaves fantastical backstories into his finished pieces, and for his show at the Kunsthalle Basel, ‘Dangerous Afternoon’, he presents a fictional curator whose fantasy life provides the backstory to the rest of the show. Photography, film, performance and other components convey the character’s life story without ever explicitly explaining it. Xing’s fictional curator adds a third dimension to his solo show, making it richer and even more fascinating.

Photo © The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto
Photo © The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto

Sea Of Masterpieces
This month, the National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne hosts the first major presentation of work from legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, who produced one of the most recognised images in the history of Asian art, The Great Wave. The NGV Melbourne has teamed up with Japan’s Ukiyo-e Museum for a show that explores the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre, and also displays the five career-defining series that gave Hokusai his legendary status. 

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