Dubai's best exhibitions and shows from April 4-10
Brute Ornament This exhibition showcases the works of two New York-based artists, Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah. Their pieces comment on how the use of decorative ornaments in the West led to the abstract movement and, in particular, how it affected the popularity of modernism. Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Truth of the Matter
Lahore-based artists Ehsan ul Haq and Iqra Tanveer will open this brand new gallery with an exhibition featuring sculptural-style installations. Both the artists deal with the perception of time and existence. Until April 19. Grey Noise, unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 175 2080).
Living with Video
Curated by respected gallerist and French curator Chantal Crousel, this installation exhibition will feature the videos of 10 international established artists including Wang Bing, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tilmans. The show aims to highlight the relationships that videos have to reality. One of the artists on show (Anri Sala) has been chosen to represent the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013. Until June 30. The Pavilion Downtown, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Abaya In this group exhibition, six up-and-coming female Emirati artists have created artworks inspired by the abaya, reflecting on their own interpretation. Until April 20. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Art Morocco This exhibition displays the works of contemporary Moroccan abstract artists Mohammed Melehi, Ahmed Cherkaoui and Jilali Gharbaoui. Their pieces represent a dialogue about their cultural heritage and the colonialism of North Africa. Until April 30. Meem Gallery, next to Presotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Nothing Beats the Blunderbuss The newly reopened Showcase Gallery is currently exhibiting recent works by UK street artist Amartey Golding. His charcoal sketchings showcase his fascination with detail and his expertise with photo montage. Until April 18. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.com.
Terrestrial Bodies Featuring contemporary Indian artists including Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Shibu Natesan, Jagannath Panda, Mithu Sen and Anju Dodiya, this exhibition touches on the rapid globalisation of India. Each of the artists has a diverse style, from the late modernist technique of Mazumdar to the photorealist style of Shibu Natesan. Until April 25. 1x1 Art Gallery, warehouse no 4, plot 364-22 Al Mara Bea Street, Al Quoz (04 341 1287).
Toy Story The works of acclaimed Iranian artist and children’s book illustrator Morteza Zahedi feature in a solo exhibition that includes a number of different mediums. The artist’s work takes on a playful, childlike vibe, but the underlying tones comment on life, politics and social issues. Until April 30. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision: Owen Jones Don’t miss this rare exhibition in Sharjah. It takes inspiration from treasures that make up the V&A (Victoria and Albert) collection to tell the story of 19th century architect and explorer Owen Jones (1809-1874), who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain during that time. Open on Fridays from 4pm to 8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).
Good News, Bad News, No News Iranian-Egyptian artist Kamran Diba presents a solo show of recent works based on the media and international press. Until April 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Curated by acclaimed Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem, this group multimedia exhibition features 10 artists from a range of backgrounds. Until April 14. Ductac, Gallery of Light, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Terra Incognita: Unmapped Identities
Presenting the works of artists in residence, photographer Binu Bakshar and painter Alex da Silva, this exhibition intertwines the artists’ diverse cultural upbringing through a visual conversation about acceptance. Until April 10. Mojo Gallery, unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).
The King of Modern Glass
Renowned French glass blower Jean Claude Novaro has teamed up with crystal and fine antiques space Royal Treasures Gallery to present a five-day exhibition featuring his beautiful creations. Until April 7. Royal Treasures Gallery, Jumeirah Terrace, 2nd of December, opposite Jumeirah flag (04 386 0837).
The Mystic Rose
The intricate paintings of British artist Stephen E. Meakin are currently on display at the Fairmont Hotel. His colourful and highly technical works are inspired by architecture, philosophy and Islamic decoration. Those who would like to view the works should check in with reception on arrival. Until April 10. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 353 6233).
The acclaimed Qatari artist presents a solo exhibition of mixed-media works inspired by the landscape of the desert and incorporate Arabic calligraphy. Until April 13. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0820).
Figure Out This group show features contemporary Turkish artists including Asli Torcu, Zeren Goktan and Volkan Aslan. The theme of the exhibition relates to how the idea of self and the environmental surroundings can be used as a means of understanding human existence. Until April 19. Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Dubai-based Belgian artist and fashion designer Ivan Valerio showcases a 20-piece body of work featuring colourful and imaginative pop art graphics from his wedding collection ‘Mode Et Art’. Until April 30. Artinhouse, Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments, 19th Street, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).
Renowned photojournalist David Burnett presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of late reggae artist Bob Marley. Until April 5. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
The Other Body
A solo exhibition by Saudi Arabian artist Zaman Jassim that features flat and three-dimensional works to suggest familiar shapes that resemble the human body. Until April 19. Courtyard Gallery, interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Black is the New White Six new works from Tunis-born artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke (who was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011) will be on display in this multimedia exhibition depicting social, political and historical ideas. Until May 4. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
This solo exhibition features the mixed-media works of promising Iranian artist Sara Rahbar. The 10-piece show includes pieces from her recent series entitled ‘War’ and ‘Confession of a Sinner’. Until April 28. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Syrian artist Othman Moussa presents a solo exhibition with influences of 17th century realism: throne-like chairs are draped with Oriental carpets, in which sit inanimate objects such as a butternut squash, a plucked chicken carcass and a propane tank. Until April 24. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
The Samawi Collection II
This must-see exhibition features more than 60 contemporary Middle Eastern works as well as three installations from the private collections of Khaled and Hisham Samawi. Until April 26. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).
Hybrid Featuring the previous works of Tehran-based artist Shirin Aliabadi, plus two new works that have not yet been revealed by the artist. Until June 19. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).