Art exhibitions and events to check out in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Kevin McHugh at Provocateur See Thu 26.
2 Zero at The Farjam Foundation See Wed 25.
3 Antonio Segui at Opera Gallery See Tue 31.
4 7 Princesses at The Empty Quarter See Sun 29.
5 ING Workshop at Dubai Knowledge Village See Sat 28.
ZERO: Infinite Possibilities This group exhibition explores aspects of minimalism and conceptual art, encompassing a diverse range of mediums including sculpture, mapping, installation, painting, mixed media on paper and light works. The Farjam Foundation. Until May 16. Gate Village, Building 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
Kevin McHugh Renowned New York artist and conservationist Kevin McHugh will bring his art works to the walls of hot new nightclub Provocateur. The pieces are meant to change the way people perceive the passé notion of 'trophy fish' by transforming the idea into stunning works of art. The custom fiberglass pieces are encrusted with Swarovski crystals. Because why not? Until April 19. 10pm-3am. Provocateur Dubai, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 211 8222).
The Act of Gordafarid – The Female Warrior The exhibition is a set of paper and cardboard sculptures by creator Yasmin Sinai, who mixes her dramatic flair for sculpting with art to create a series of unique installations. Following the mythical story of Gordafarid, the only female warrior in 'The Book of Kings’, written by the popular Persian poet Ferdowsi, Yasmin attempts to modernise Gordafarid by making her not only a warrior but a mother and partner fighting for her rights while defending her father’s castle. Until April 20. The Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz 3 (04 3479090).
ING Creative Conference Designing 3D Letterforms How do you get your typeface to stand out? Saad Moosajee takes participants through the art of creating unique letterforms using 3D software. In the workshop, each participant will explore different ways to abstract and re-invent data from a pre-existing letterform and typeface. After creating the geometry for the new letterform, participants will learn different approaches for shading, lighting and rendering their letters so they can be easily used in designs. 3.30pm-6.30pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre, Knowledge Village www.ingcreatives.com/conference.
7 Princesses This exhibition is the first collaborative body of work between The Empty Quarter and Steve McCurry, photographed within the seven Emirates of the UAE. In a career that spans more than 30 years, McCurry’s work covers conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike. Until April 16. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village 2, DIFC (04 323 1210).
Fahrenheit311: Seven Legends of Machismo This exhibition will bring together eight artworks that demonstrate the preoccupations with modern myths of macho culture and masculinity. ‘Fahrenheit311’ refers to the melting point of the hormone testosterone, associated with ‘manly’ characteristics and behavioural patterns. These manifest themselves in the show through themes such as war and heroism, the exploitation of the environment, elitism, pride and ignorance. Until May 14. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Antonio Segui Argentinian artist Antonio Segui’s new paintings showcases his fascination with cities, urban landscapes and multiculturalism on a global level. Within the new pieces, the central figure, Señor Gustavo – inspired by Segui’s native Argentina and the exploration of its capital city Buenos Aires’ first inhabitants – travels from painting to painting, city to city. Segui’s past three decades' of work illustrate his attraction to the city. Until April 1. Opera Gallery Dubai, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).