Two New York-based artists, Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah, showcase work that comments the use of decorative ornaments in the West, They focus on how this led to the abstract movement and, in particular, how it affected the popularity of modernism.
Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
This group show features contemporary Turkish artists including Asli Torcu, Zeren Goktan and Volkan Aslan. The theme of the exhibition relates to how the idea of self and the environmental surroundings can be used as a means of understanding human existence.
Until April 19. Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
The Other Body
A solo exhibition by Saudi artist Zaman Jassim that features flat and three-dimensional works to suggest familiar shapes that resemble the human body.
Until April 19. Courtyard Gallery, interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Truth of the Matter
Lahore-based artists Ehsan ul Haq and Iqra Tanveer open this new gallery with an exhibition featuring sculptural-style installations. Both the artists deal with the perception of time and existence.
Until April 19. Grey Noise, unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (050 175 2080).
See the works of contemporary Moroccan abstract artists Mohammed Melehi, Ahmed Cherkaoui and Jilali Gharbaoui. Their pieces represent a dialogue about their cultural heritage and the colonialism of North Africa. Until April 30. Meem Gallery, next to Presotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Dubai-based Belgian artist and fashion designer Valerio showcases a 20-piece body of work featuring colourful and imaginative pop-art graphics from his wedding collection ‘Mode Et Art’.
Until April 30. Artinhouse, Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments, 19th Street, Oud Metha (04 336 6000).
Featuring contemporary Indian artists including Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Shibu Natesan, Jagannath Panda, Mithu Sen and Anju Dodiya, this exhibition touches on the rapid globalisation of India. Each of the artists has a diverse style, from the late modernist technique of Mazumdar to the photorealist style of Natesan.
Until April 25. 1x1 Art Gallery, warehouse 4, plot 364-22 Al Mara Bea Street, Al Quoz (04 341 1287).
The Five: DIAC Award-Winning Artists
Displaying the works of five Dubai International Art Centre artists and students who have recently earned recognition or won prizes for their art. The exhibition features Daria Avdeeva, Sara Azzam, Ghada Chehabeddine, Fares Tabba and Richard Wynne-Jones.
Until April 21. Gallery 76, Dubai International Arts Centre, villa 27, street 7b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall (04 346 8649).
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).
Good News, Bad News, No News
Iranian-Egyptian artist Kamran Diba presents a solo show of recent works based on the media and international press.
Until April 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Featuring the previous works of Tehran-based artist Shirin Aliabadi, plus two new works that have not yet been revealed by the artist.
Until June 19. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
Living with Video
Curated by respected gallerist and French curator Chantal Crousel, this installation exhibition features the videos of 10 international established artists including Wang Bing, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tilmans.
Until June 30. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Archive80: I Repeat
Celebrating all things ’80s, this group exhibition features submissions from local artists who were asked to produce works with an ’80s twist that reflects their personalities and memories.
Until April 26. Dar Ibn Haytham for Visual Arts, House 17, Bastakiya (04 353 5321).
Syrian artist Othman Moussa presents a solo exhibition with influences of 17th-century realism: throne-like chairs are draped with Oriental carpets, in which sit inanimate objects such as a butternut squash, a plucked chicken carcass and a propane tank.
Until April 24. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
The works of acclaimed Iranian artist and children’s book illustrator Morteza Zahedi feature in a solo exhibition that includes a number of different mediums. The artist’s work takes on a playful, childlike vibe, but the underlying tones comment on life, politics and social issues.
Until April 30. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Women on the Verge
Featuring the photographic works of 14 inspirational Middle Eastern women, including Larissa Sansour from Palestine, Laura El Tantawy from Egypt and Tanya Habjouqa from Jordan.
Until April 30. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village, Building 2, DIFC (04 323 1210).
AIA and Community Cinema: Architecture Documentaries
Two episodes from an Arte TV series are screening tonight at The Pavilion in Downtown Dubai. The House of Jean Prouve tells the story of a self-taught French architect who built his own house in 1953, while The Stone Thermal Baths looks at Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s famed public baths.
Free. 7pm-9pm. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Black is the New White
Six new works from Tunis-born artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke – who was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011 – are on display in this multimedia exhibition, which depicts social, political and historical ideas.
Until May 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
This solo exhibition features the mixed-media works of promising Iranian artist Sara Rahbar. The 10-piece show includes work from her recent series entitled ‘War’ and ‘Confession of a Sinner’.
Until April 28. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
The Samawi Collection II
This must-see exhibition features more than 60 contemporary Middle Eastern works, as well as three installations from the private collections of Khaled and Hisham Samawi.
Until April 26. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).
This exhibition comprises seven solo shows from seven artists, spanning mediums including drawing, painting, photography, video and installation. Artists include Nadine Kanso and Roberto Lopardo.
Until May 9. Cuadro, Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Life is Too Short
Collector Ramin Salsali’s latest exhibition comments on the place of photography and video installation in the world of modern art.
Until July 31. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
On the Wall
A colourful collection of works, including sketches in pen and ink, pastels, oils, watercolours and photos by a number of artists including Paul Wadsworth and Sylvia Woodcock Clarke.
Until June 15. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya (04 353 6233).
Husband-and-wife team Dariush Zandi and Shaqayeq Arabi present a photo and installation exhibition that uses shipwrecks and decrepit dhows to comment on notions of decay, deterioration and vulnerability.
Until April 30. Total Arts at the Courtyard, near Spinneys warehouse, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).