The most mouthwatering exhibitions on Dubai’s art radar
Mojo Gallery As It Is! The Main Event (throughout March 2011) This, the culmination of Mojo’s four-part series of exhibitions exploring art from the African continent and its diaspora, will feature key African creatives, including fantastic Ghanian sculptor El Anatsui and Nigerian sculptor Nnenna Okore, who are both known for transforming found objects with breathtaking results. There will also be African fashion and music on show, as well as a screening of Zina Saro Wiwa’s widely acclaimed documentary, This Is My Africa.
Green Art Gallery Works by Ebru Uygun (January 10-February 14) This exhibition is exciting for two reasons: rising Turkish painter Uygun will be showing her linear, pastiche paintings, and it will also mark the opening of Green Art Gallery’s new space. They’ve ditched the leafy streets of Jumeirah and have joined the rubble of Al Quoz with a 3,000sq ft space on Al Serkal Avenue.
The Third Line Works by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (January 13-February 17) Farmanfarmaian extracts the age-old Islamic techniques of reverse-glass painting and mirror mosaics while also injecting a sense of minimalist and contemporary design, and with stunning result. She is one of the foremost Iranian creators, her career spanning more than 50 years (including a period where she worked as a fashion illustrator alongside Andy Warhol). Her works will be displayed throughout the main gallery area as well as in the upstairs Projects space.
So, what can we expect from Art Dubai in March 2011? Well, there will now be 80 galleries showing off their finest work, including this piece (above), ‘Indian Girls’ by graffiti artist Swoon at Parisian Galerie LJ’s stand. There will also be a satellite event called Art Week, which will see the city come alive with events accessible to the public. The fair will feature radio dispatches from artists in their studios, while The Global Art Forum will hold discussions on topics including the meeting point between fashion and art, and the changing role of the artist. Art Dubai will take place at the Madinat Jumeirah on March 16-19. www.artdubai.ae
A new gallery
Former Christie’s Middle East art guru William Lawrie and former Art Dubai managing director Asmaa Al-Shabibi are opening their own gallery in March 2011. The Lawrie Shabibi gallery will be based in Al Serkal and will focus on art from the Arab world, as well as Iran, South Asia and Turkey.
Watch this space
Like the look of these exhibits? We’ll be telling you more about them in the coming months. It’s going to be a good year, folks…