A Growing Wall
Acclaimed Syrian artist Baseem Rayyes presents a gripping exhibition that explores the pain, grief and destruction caused by war around the world.
Until November 15. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Editions: Prints & Multiples
View prints from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Those on show include Dali, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Yue Minjun, Banksy, Blek Le Rat and Mr Brainwash.
Until November 30. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, First Floor, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).
Exploring the Narrative
The Park Hyatt Dubai has teamed up with children’s art charity START to stage a week-long Art at the Park programme, where a group exhibition will display local and international artists such as James Clar, Safwan Dahoul, Maisoon Al Saleh and Sandie Rushforth. The mixed-media show draws on the artists’ Arab heritage or connection to the Middle East.
Until November 8. Art at the Park, Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1234).
EDITOR’S PICK Fabula
Emirati artist Saeed Khalifa presents his first solo photo exhibition, a magical collection of surreal fairytale-like images that comment on acceptance in modern society. The photos tell the tale of a boy who finds a rose that opens a portal to a forest, where a blind man weaves the stories of its inhabitants.
Until November 29. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Go to the Corner
Working with ceramics, British artist Michael Cooper has created a group of blocks by pouring liquid clay into a mould and then pouring it out again. He has then adorned each with decorative imagery to give them
their own individuality.
Until November 26. Thejamjar, Street 17A, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).
Two exhibits are currently running at The Pavilion in Downtown Dubai. A solo show entitled ‘Dust Breeding’ by Turkish artist Ergin Cavusoglu consists of a large-scale interactive perspective floor drawing in vinyl, and provides commentary on the vast expansion within the UAE. Meanwhile, ‘Uber-Construction’ by Carolin Kropff is a collection of photographic works that touches on a similar subject.
Until December 2. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.pavilion.ae (04 447 7025).
Brave New Wonderland
In this colourful exhibition, UK artist Jennifer Simon celebrates the evolution of the UAE and juxtaposes tradition with fantasy using a mix of bold outlines, colour, stencils and spray.
Until November 10. The Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya (04 353 6233).
Middle East, Middle Kingdom
For the first time in Dubai, 25 contemporary Chinese artists, including The Gao Brothers, will feature in a controversial show that aims to present an accurate view of the problems facing modern China.
Until November 12. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa
Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents this unusual nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society.
Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Unit 17, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
A dramatic show by an acclaimed Syrian artist. He explores concepts such as the strained relationship between society and the individual.
Until November 10. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
This solo exhibition from acclaimed Turkish artist Selma Gurbuz features large-scale works of oil on canvas and ink on paper. Her paintings have a romantic feel and she draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, giving her pieces an eclectic vibe.
Until December 7. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Spot the 40
As part of the planned 40 days of events being held this year in the run-up to National Day on December 2, when the UAE will mark its 40th year, organisers are inviting people to snap photos of the number 40s they spot around town (on signage or elsewhere).
Send in your submissions via the website to be included in a collage of visual representations. en.uaenationalday.ae/spot-40.
Chants From Paradise
Focusing on a history of Islamic art, the gallery will display Safavid carpets (there are only 2,000 in the world) from the 16th and 17th centuries to provide insight into the most renowned time in the carpet-weaving cannon.
Until November 10. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
As the name implies, Erwin Olaf’s first solo exhibition is a collection of photographic works exploring touchy subjects such as gender, despair, grace, tragedy and humour.
Until November 10. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).
EDITOR’S PICK Nothing, Nobody
Working with philosophical undertones, Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji presents a solo show of large-scale paintings and installation art that depict a reappearing shadowy figure and provide commentary on the conflicts and desolation facing humanity.
Until December 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).
EDITOR’S PICK A Real Dream
This solo exhibition by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul features several new additions to the ‘Dream’ series, which in the past have themed around a despairing woman in isolated quarters. In these new large bodies of work, the woman is seen to have overcome her confinement – she is represented at one point as an angel over the city, and in another painting her eye has been given a small pair of wings to suggest she can reach beyond what she sees.
Until November 30. Ayyam Art Centre, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).
This group show features the works of contemporary Palestinian artists Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat and Sliman Mansour. Each piece reflects on the occupation of Palestine, as well as the recent Middle East uprisings. Until November 11. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
The Barjeel Art Foundation presents a curated selection of more than 500 contemporary works from Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi’s personal collection, exploring the concept of travel and nostalgia, and showcasing regional talent. It’s worth the journey.
Until February 20. Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah (06 556 6555).
This exhibition, featuring 10 artists, explores the collage technique made popular by Picasso in the 20th century and its impact on traditional media.
Until November 11. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery. Building 10 Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Stephan Geisler’s colourful urban-style artworks are refreshingly upbeat. He uses bright colours and fantasy themes as a form of escapism, to showcase occurrences in day-to-day life.
Until November 20. Showcase Gallery, Villa 679, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 8797).
Syrian artist Monif Ajaj’s insightful series of portraits depict the recent events in Syria (‘mondaseen’ means infiltrators, after the word used by the government to describe protestors). His style is classical, but he introduces modern materials such as graffiti spray.
Until November 10. Artspace, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Paintings of Buildings and Strangers
Artist Michael Bosworth’s show includes paintings he has created in Dubai and India over the past five years. He aims to make a picture look aesthetically appealing, while featuring content that is honest and real. Until November 12. Dubai International Arts Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, near Town Centre (04 344 4398).
Sheikh Hamdan International Photography Awards
These awards have been set up because the organisers believe that Dubai’s unprecedented urban development needs to be matched by a parallel growth of culture and the arts. All entrants should be over 18 and all photos should fit into one of the three categories – Love of the Earth, General or Dubai. There are no entry fees, and prizes range from Dhs29,000 to Dhs367,000.
Enter online by December 31. www.hipa.ae.