Art events in Dubai

Meet bestselling novelist Peter James or see Iraqi art

Thursday 17

Disconnected
Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war-torn streets of Karachi.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

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).

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.
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 and adorned each with decorative imagery to give them their own individuality.
Until November 26. Thejamjar, Street 17A, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Meet bestselling novelist Peter James
Dar Al Adaab (House of Literature) hosts its first event ahead of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in March 2012. Crime writer Peter James will speak about his new novel Perfect People before a question-and-answer session with the audience.
For a chance to be invited, visit the website and sign up for the newsletter. Dar Al Adaab, Bastakiya, www.emirateslitfest.com (no number).

Friday 18

Moon, Stars and Electric Lights
Check out the colourful works of contemporary Japanese artist Juri Morioka, in which she uses colour to call up memories of her past and hopes for her future.
Until December 15. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).

Intro to Digital Photography Workshop
Learn how to start shooting like a pro with the help of professional photographer Tiffany Schultz. The workshop consists of four sessions for four hours. You’ll need your own DSLR camera in order to participate.
Dhs1,200. 2pm-6pm for four weeks. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, workshops@tiffanyschultz.com, www.timeouttickets.com

The Sound of Music
The world’s most famous musical tells the story of Maria and the Von Trapp family. It’s in Dubai for a six-day production, featuring both local and West End talent, and tonight is the last night.
Dhs175. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Until November 18. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com

Saturday 19

ArtBus to Abu Dhabi Art 2011
Offering Dubai-based art lovers the chance to explore Abu Dhabi’s art scene, the ArtBus takes a tour of Abu Dhabi’s most prominent art spaces before stopping off at the fair. The bus departs daily from thejamjar at 10am and will leave Saadiyat Island at approximately 7.30pm.
Dhs50 per person. Until November 19. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303)

Erbil-Dubai: Chasing Utopia
Kurdish Iraqi artist Walid Siti, who this year was invited to exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale, presents his latest body of work, which comments on parallels between the ancient city of Erbil in Iraq and modern Dubai.
Until December 5. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa
Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents a 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).

Sunday 20

Art in Iraq Today
An exhibition featuring selected works of contemporary Iraqi artists, and curated in the memory of author Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.
Until December 3. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Atmospheres Artistiques
A joint exhibition by European artists including realistic painters Willem and Walter Dolphyn, a and father-and-son duo from Belgium, and French architectural jeweller Philippe Tournaire. During the week, viewers can also attend ‘high tea’ seminars with the artists.
Free. Until November 24. Squisito, Loft Gallery, Al Quoz 3, behind Natuzzi (04 338 7775).

Hadutta Masriya
Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the intriguing story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring.
Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).

Limited Edition Prints and Rare Signed Posters: American Pop Artists
Come here to check out prints by some of the world’s most revered Pop artists including Cy Twombly, Richard Serra, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol.
Until December 8. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Street 4, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).

Mind’s Eye
This solo exhibition from Turkish artist Selma Gurbuz features large-scale works of oil on canvas and ink on paper.
Until December 7. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Sadegh Tirafkan
This Iranian artist presents a solo exhibition featuring four series of works, including digital collages and installations, that document his life during the time period of 2004 and 2010.
Until December 19. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

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 40 when they spot it 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.

Ziad Dalloul
This Syrian artist’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse landscapes.
Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).


Monday 21

Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land
In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space.
Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).

Hamza Bounoua
The contemporary Algerian artist presents a solo exhibition at the Grand Millennium that has been inspired by Arabic calligraphy and nature.
Until December 21. Grand Millennium Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, TECOM, (04 429 9999).

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).

Tuesday 22

A Real Dream
This solo exhibition by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul features several new additions to the ‘Dream’ series, which in the past have been themed around a despairing woman in isolated quarters.
Until November 30. Ayyam Art Centre, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Parergon
Iranian Canadian artist Babak Golkar’s first solo exhibition in the region is a series of sculptures and inanimate objects that, when viewed from a different angle, appear as well-known architectural designs, such as the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Wednesday 23

Traverse
Combining Chinese and Western techniques, acclaimed Beijing artist Hu Yongkai presents 60 paintings inspired by his visits to the Middle East, as well as his signature caricatures of Chinese women.
Until November 23. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Tiger Translate
Head to Emirates Golf Club to see Thai and local artists collaborate to create a large-scale digital art display. RSVP essential.
Free. 7pm-1am. Royal Majlis, Emirates Golf Club, www.tigertranslate-me.com.

Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar
This solo exhibition features furniture pieces inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage and Dubai’s past and present.
Until February 24. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).

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