Tuesday, June 7: Recent Works by Shahriar Ahmadi
The large canvases of this Iranian artist merge modern strokes (the symbolic colour of green dominating) with Islamic motifs.
Until June 11. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue (04 346 8649).
Tuesday, June 7: Bilal Aquil and Ubik at Traffic
These two artists are both worth a look for different reasons. Aquil paints Persian miniatures in the Safavid style juxtaposed against European Renaissance works. His technical execution is stunning. Meanwhile, locally based artist Ubik works across a range of media, his works always bold, brash and informed by popular culture.
Until June 15. Traffic Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Tuesday, June 7: Spindle, Shuttle, Needle
Tashkeel’s new Bastakiya space will nourish new artists such as locally-based Debjani Bhardwaj. We love her whimsical drawings.
Until June 29. Tashkeel, Bastakiya (04 336 3313).
Tuesday, June 7: The Memory is the Message
Adopting the exhibition’s title from the infamous ‘the media is the message’, Imran Channa’s large-scale abstract pencil drawings depict Pakistan, focusing on the heritage and rich culture that modern media often gloss over (or ignore).
Until June 18. XVA Gallery, DIFC (04 353 5383).
Tuesday, June 7: UAE: A Work of Art
Starting today, this exhibition, in partnership with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding, features seven emerging Emirati artists who were chosen after the gallery put out an open call. The mediums range from photography to calligraphy and graphic design to textiles.
Until August 30. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Wednesday, June 8: Calling all young Arab photographers
Are you an Arab national who was born after 1980? Then the Shabab Ayyam photography competition is an opportunity you can’t miss. The juried competition will culminate with an exhibition of 15 finalists, after which the winner will be given Dhs23,800, Dhs9,100 will go to the second-placed artist and Dhs3,700 to third place. To enter, send 12 photographs, the title of your proposed exhibition, an artist’s biography and a brief explanatory essay.
Enter by June 30. Also takes place on Wednesday, June 15. www.ayyamgallery.com
Wednesday, June 8: The Imagination of Disaster
Last chance! This collection of drawings, paintings, prints and installations by Marcelo Guimaraes Lima and Julia Townsend presents a range of visual reflections on the experience of catastrophes, cataclysms and disasters in our times. Both artists are professors at the American University of Dubai.
Until June 6. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).
Thursday, June 9: Catalyst: Zayed University Senior Exhibition
See the future of Emirati art in this exhibition of the final works by 30 graduating art and design students at Zayed University. The range of feelings start at lost traditions and go right through to the design of a better future in Dubai. The work above is by Amal Hashimi Malik.
Until June 12. Meydan Gallery, beside Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (050 728 5211).
Friday, June 10: Dubai Then
Dutch sociologist Charlie Koolhaas has been documenting Dubai since 2006, and this collection of her work traces the city’s growth, expansion and recent revival. Showing images of then and now alongside each other, the exhibition will be appealing for those interested in architecture.
Until August 18. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (050 644 1304).
Friday, June 10: Euphoria & Beyond
This show from Palestinian photographer Steve Sabella features a selection of his projects, many of them showcasing his visual twist collages, which explore alienation and have been very well received.
Until June 11. The Empty Quarter, DIFC (04 323 1210).
Saturday, June 11: Cairo Dreams 2011
German/Egyptian artist Susan Hefuna returns to The Third Line Gallery with aluminium sculptures and ink drawings. The sculptures, created without pre-sketches and through in-the-minute decisions, are architectural yet haphazard. The drawings are large in scale, mapping out structures in ink.
Until June 16. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Saturday, June 11: Knowhere
After viewing Susan Hefuna’s work, head upstairs to Projects at The Third Line to see Iraqi artist Ayad Sinawi’s paintings, which blend picturesque landscapes with text fragments.
Until June 16. Projects at The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Sunday, June 12: First Glance
This collection of paintings by expat Sarah Jackson picks up on Dubai’s surprising landmarks, such as ‘Local Access’ signs and the ‘Thunderbowl’ building, which stand out just as much as the Burj Khalifa.
Until July 4. Rotating Gallery, Dubai Ladies’ Club, Jumeirah (04 349 9922).
Saturday, June 11: Solitary Acts
American/ Iraqi artist Sina Ata (who currently lives in Amman) presents a series of dark, human figures in barren and haunting landscapes. There’s a resounding feeling of alienation in the works. After your visit, pop into the neighbouring Lime Tree Café for lunch (we’re huge fans of the meat pies).
Until June 26. The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Saturday, June 11: Through the Looking Glass
The first solo show in Dubai for Syrian painter Mouteea Murad, this exhibition showcases the new wave of his geometric abstractions. In his continuous experimentation, Murad has identified how the origins of abstraction in international contemporary art lie within the principles of Islamic art. His works are bold, strong and truly modern.
Until June 17. Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 323 6242).
Monday, June 13: Group show
See the works of Palestinian artist Hani Zurob, Iraqi Ayad Alkadhi, Algerian Kamel Yahiaoui (who presents works on everyday objects such as rugs), Egyptian George Bahgory (mainly a cartoonist and novelist), and British photojournalist Harriet Logan under one roof at this DIFC venue.
Ongoing. Artspace, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Monday, June 13: Traces
These new works from Syrian photographer Jaber Al Azmeh are ‘duets’, with two photographs juxtaposed next to each other. The artist rather mysteriously views them as portraits, despite there being no people in them – the subjects are instead empty rusting oil barrels, derelict walls and abandoned cars. However, it’s the human stories behind their abandon that Al Azmeh is exploring.
Until July 15. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Wednesday, June 15: Division by Zero
This group exhibition features works by Mathias Garnitschnig (whose sculptures we particularly like), Florian Hafele, Anahita Razmi and Aamir Habib. All of the artists are diverse, but they take risks, and put themselves in the difficult position of questioning their own practice.
Until September 15. Carbon 12, Al Serkal Avenue (050 464 4392).
Wednesday, June 15: Project Works: 2010-2011
We like the drippy, trippy canvases from this artist. They’re exhibited in the Rotational Gallery at Ductac, so are sure to be dangerously affordable.
Until July 11. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Wednesday, June 15: MENAlab talk: Culture and the city
This evening’s discussion looks at how the city can become more culturally active. It will feature speakers from the Emirates Foundation, the DCAA, Bidoun, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding, Art in the City and thejamjar.
Free. 7pm-8.30pm. thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).