Art shows and galleries in Dubai from June 6 to 12
Modern Indian Art Featuring the varied works of 15 international-scale contemporary Indian artists, including MF Husain, Jamini Roy, Krishen Khanna and Ajolie Ela Menon. Until June 15. ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, opposite Jumeirah Mosque (04 345 0900).
Sense and Sensibilities
Egyptian artist Hend El Falafly touches on the emotions expressed and body language used by women. She uses facial expressions, movements of the hands and feet and clothes to reveal tension and repressed emotions. Until June 19. Art Sawa, Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Seven artists from across the region feature in this show, which looks at the varying ways in which contemporary Middle Eastern artists incorporate text into their works. Until July 21. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).
The Imprint Iranian artist Niloufar Banisadr presents photos featuring beach towels imprinted with the figures of the people that lay upon them. Until June 7. Cuadro Fine Art, Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 425 0400).
The Rhythm of Earth Renowned Swiss artist Jean-Marc Schwaller presents an exhibition at Armani/Ristorante, in collaboration with Swiss Art Gate UAE. His vibrant landscape works are painted in oil and jump off the canvas. Until June 12. Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai (04 888 3444).
Fun w/Fen This striking solo exhibition by Emirati artist Mohammed Kanoo features topical pop art-style images with a humorous nod to local references. In several of the works, Kanoo draws inspiration from world-famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Katsushika Hokusai. Until July 5. Meem Gallery, take a U-turn at the third set of traffic lights next to Marina Interior Design and it’s halfway on main road, next to Presotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Respect to Time
The new DIFC gallery’s launch exhibition features photographic works, sculptures and paintings by emerging and international-scale Iranian artists. Until June 16. RIRA Gallery, Gate Village 3, lower level, DIFC (04 369 9339).
Through the Looking Glass
In her debut solo exhibition, Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash focuses on identity, perception and acceptance in today’s society. Her subjects have all been shot looking at their reflection in a mirror where they must face their exaggerated imperfections, which are distorted and magnified using protheses. The artist cites US conceptual portrait artist Cindy Sherman as a major influence on her work. Until June 30. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
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).
Outdoor Art Project
An al-fresco exhibition launched by Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group, featuring the intriguing structural works of 12 UAE artists. Until September 1. The Executive Towers, Bay Avenue, Business Bay (04 515 5004).
FunFilm Factory: An Introduction to Animation Experienced animator Myles Cummings is holding a course for aspiring animators and cartoonists every Saturday over five weeks (the course started on Saturday May 5). Individual classes can be booked for Dhs400 each, which includes lunch. 10am-5pm. Until June 9. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (055 774 1306).
GPP Limited Dubai photography haven Gulf Photo Plus has launched a new initiative in which it will display and sell affordable photographic prints by local and international artists, including Ali Alriffai, Katarina Premfors, Sara Naim, Gregory Heisler, Steve Simon and Martin Prihoda. The collection will be refreshed every two to three months and prints are priced from Dhs375 to Dhs2,500. Ongoing. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).
Students’ Exhibition: 2D and 3D This annual mixed-media exhibition features the varied work of Dubai International Art Centre’s students. Until June 16. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road, near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
After Spring Syrian artist Kevork Mourad works mainly in black and white, showing his heritage through his use of mosaic-style patterns, and using the monochrome landscape to create a message about war and the cruelty of humanity. Until June 21. Courtyard Gallery, Interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Crossing the Emirates II Emerging UAE artists and their mentors feature in this locally inspired exhibition of works by students studying arts at Zayed University. Mediums include photography, video, sculpture and digital media. The show is a conceptual exploration of the diversity in the UAE. Until June 29. FN Designs, Unit 26, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, www.alserkalavenue.com.
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 around them. Until June 16. Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Gate Village 3 (04 439 2395).
The Line of Life
Skilled Turkish artist and drawer Gulay Semercio˘glu uses wires, wood and screws to create minimalist-style line-driven artworks that are brought to life with changes to light. Until June 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
A Work of Art Emirati artists including Alia Al Malik, Anood Obaidly, Hamad Al Falasi, Maitha Al Marri, Shamsa Bin Dasmal, Thuraiya Ismail and Wafa Qasaimi feature in this UAE-centric exhibition, which celebrates the nation’s culture, heritage and traditions via various mediums. Until September 1, The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Butterflies and Blooms
In this solo exhibition, locally based Canadian artist Cynthia Reta Richards pays tribute to famous 20th century artist Georgia O’Keefe, who took flower painting to a new level in the 1920s. Reta, inspired by O’Keefe’s works, has painted large-scale flowers and butterflies using ink and acrylics. Until June 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
French-born Algerian artist Abdelkader Benchamma presents his first solo show in the Middle East. It features fine graphic sketches on paper, as well as three wooden floors that appear to have shattered like glass. Until July 15. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
Love You Green Saudi Arabian artist Hussein Al Mohasen uses graffiti on canvas and inspiration from Arabic music, poetry and calligraphy to reinvent the relationship between spaces and script. His paintings also feature figurative works combining machinery and objects with bold colours. Until June 14. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village (04 358 5117).