Brute Ornament Two New York-based artists, Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah, showcase their work. 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).
Yousef Ahmad The acclaimed Qatari artist presents a solo show of mixed-media works inspired by the landscape of the desert and incorporating Arabic calligraphy. Until April 13. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, 312th Road, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0820).
Art Morocco See 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 4, plot 364-22 Al Mara Bea Street, Al Quoz (04 341 1287).
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 Fri 4pm-8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah(06 565 5455).
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).
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).
Living with Video Curated by respected gallerist and French curator Chantal Crousel, this installation exhibition features the videos of 10 international established artists including Wang Bing, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tilmans. Until June 30. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Truth of the Matter Lahore-based artists Ehsan ul Haq and Iqra Tanveer 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).
Women on the Verge Featuring the photographic works of 14 inspirational Middle Eastern women, including Larissa Sansour from Palestine, Laura El Tantawy from Egypt and Tanya Habjouqa from Jordan. Until April 30. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village, Building 2, DIFC (04 323 1210).
Christie’s auction preview Artworks on sale in Christie’s auction of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish art will be open to public viewing for four days only. The pieces include artists such as Mahmoud Said, Jewad Selim and Parviz Tanavoli. Sun-Mon 2pm-10pm; Tue 10am-10pm; Wed 10am-noon. Until April 18. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 425 5647).
Ivan Valerio 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).
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).
Archive80: I Repeat Celebrating all things ’80s, this group exhibition features submissions from local artists who were asked to produce works with an ’80s twist that reflects their personalities and memories. Until April 26. Dar Ibn Haytham for Visual Arts, House 17, Bastakiya (04 353 5321).
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 – are on display in this multimedia exhibition, which depicts social, political and historical ideas. Until May 4. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Restless Violence This solo exhibition features the mixed-media works of promising Iranian artist Sara Rahbar. The 10-piece show includes work from her recent series entitled ‘War’ and ‘Confession of a Sinner’. Until April 28. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
The Throne 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).
Sinking Ships Husband-and-wife team Dariush Zandi and Shaqayeq Arabi present a photo and installation exhibition that uses shipwrecks and decrepit dhows to comment on notions of decay, deterioration and vulnerability. Until April 30. Total Arts at the Courtyard, near Spinneys warehouse, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).
Understanding Opera Want to broaden and develop your taste for opera? This informative course is led by UK speaker and music expert David Lesser, covering topics such as the history of operas and the best-loved works by Mozart, Wagner and Puccini. Dhs130 per person. 6.45pm-8.45pm. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).