Exhibitions, shows and collections from April 25 to May 1
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).
Brute Ornament Two New York-based artists, Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah, showcase work that comments the use of decorative ornaments in the West, They focus on how this 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).
Life is Too Short Collector Ramin Salsali’s latest thought-provoking exhibition comments on the place of photography and video installation in the world of modern art. Until July 31. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
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).
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)
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).
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).
Fighter Emirati pop artist Khawla Al Marri’s quirky sketches show Arab women who have bravely battled war zones, and comments on how that relates to the inspirational ‘fighters’ of today. Until June 2. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Ivan Valerio Dubai-based Belgian artist and fashion designer 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).
Sinking Ships Husband-and-wife team Dariush Zandi and Shaqayeq Arabi present photos and installations that use 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).
New Era introducing Running alongside sneaker summit Sole DXB, this touring exhibition features the awe-inspiring New Era cap creations of 79 finalists (including Sharjah winner, 23-year-old Lina Al Amoudi, whose hat is pictured above). Until April 28. Desert Fish Studio, Warehouse 5, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (055 995 5118).
Sole DXB: Sneaker Summit 2012 A convention dedicated to street culture and sneaker appreciation, this event sees serious sneaker collectors, artists and streetwear brands descend on Alserkal Avenue for a street party and convention. Highlights include a live demonstration by the world’s top sneaker customiser, Alex Nash, a screening of hip-hop documentary Rap Arabe, live graffiti and performances from local bands, artists and DJs. Free. 2pm-midnight. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.facebook.com/soledxb (050 674 4255).
Glimpses of Still Life Emirati landscape and still-life artist Rawya Al Malik, who specialises in oil and pastels, presents a solo exhibition featuring works depicting seascapes, boats and florals. Until May 9. Gallery 76, Dubai International Arts Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall (04 344 4398).
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).
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).
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, who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain. Open Fri 4pm-8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).
On the Wall A colourful collection of works, including sketches in pen and ink, pastels, oils, watercolours and photos by a number of artists including Paul Wadsworth and Sylvia Woodcock Clarke. Until June 15. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya (04 353 6233).
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 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
It’s No Longer About Me Up-and-coming Syrian painter Mohannad Orabi presents a solo exhibition that focuses on the concept of self awareness. In this series, his subjects are forced to come to terms with themselves, their situations and the events occurring around them. Until June 16. Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Gate Village 3 (04 439 2395). 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).
7 This exhibition comprises seven solo shows from seven artists, spanning mediums including drawing, painting, photography, video and installation. Artists include Nadine Kanso and Roberto Lopardo. Until May 9. Cuadro, Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 425 0400).
A Visionary Modernist Organised by the Museum for African Art in New York, this exhibition features 80 pieces by Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. The works span his 50-year career as an artist and travels, and his style combines classic Western techniques with influences of Sudanese and Islamic art forms. Until May 31. Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Serkal Al Shuwaiheyn, Sharjah (06 568 8222).