13 top art exhibitions in Dubai

This week's best new and ongoing shows, as selected by our arts ed

Wednesday 18

The Salon at Project Space
This mixed media group show is a selection of the gallery’s resident artists as well as individuals who have previously exhibited at the The Third Line. The works have been created by younger and mid-career artists who are working in and around the Middle East and include paintings, photographs, sculptures and works on paper.
Until January 23. The Third Line, Near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

UAE – Contrasts of Time
This exhibition by the local collective UAE Goodwill Photographers is a study of the flavour and culture of the UAE, highlighting the evolution of the emirates, while simultaneously reflecting the traditional aspects of society. Until January 7.
Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Thursday 19

Ashleigh Manley
The Australian artist will be exhibiting his dynamic watercolour paintings which are inspired by his travels and observations of places, including Dubai.
Until December 26. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 449 8888).

Journey to Yemen at Total Arts at the Courtyard
This group exhibition of photographs features the work of 13 artists, which focuses on images captured in the African state in March and May 2009.
Until December 21. Total Arts at the Courtyard, near Spinneys warehouse, Al Quoz, (04 347 5050).

Friday 20

Colours of Life at Baginskaya Gallery and Studio
The launch of this new exhibition will take place at 8pm in the presence of the artist. From Armenia, Taron Simonian’s paintings are inspired by his travels.
Until January 21. Baginskaya Gallery, JLT (050 556 2210).

Ruben Sanchez: The B Side
For this residency with Tashkeel, the Barcelona-based street artist Ruben Sanchez is exhibiting his creations.
Until December 31. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

Saturday 21

Wa Roox Line-Up at Artissima Art Gallery
The young French graffiti talent Wa Roox will be showcasing his works, as part of the first exhibition by Street Art Dubai. Highlights include the artist's illustrations on a vintage Chevrolet pick-up truck as well as the chance to see how his work has evolved.
Free. Until January 10. Artissima Art Gallery, Al Quoz 1 (055 888 8247).

Try to reach the goal without touching the walls
Michael Sailstorfer’s mixed-media exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and video. Until January 7.
Carbon 12. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Sunday 22

Frida Kahlo by Mawaheb and Reemami
This show features a number of portraits and ceramic works created by members of Mawaheb, which is an art studio for talented people with special needs.
Until January 15, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 3313).

The Collected at The Third Line
Amir H Fallah’s third solo show is an exploration of the relation between the artist and the patron. The pictures are pre-commissioned portraits, which he has manipulated without the approval of the financier. Until January 23.
The Third Line, Near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Monday 23

Bronze and Black Cloth
A joint exhibition by these two artists, Dutchman Karel Zijlstra’s hot cast bronze sculptures explores the idea of a world which was dictated by spirituality and nature. Paul Wadsworth’s Black Cloth Project is a concept where participants are encouraged to pose with a black cloth. Each pose is then sketched by the UK artist.Until January 2.
The Majilis Gallery, Bastikiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Statue of Limitation
Named after a legal term for the amount of time before someone is no longer able to be prosecuted for a crime, this mixed-media exhibition focuses on the Cold War period of history and draws intriguing parallels with issues such as fear and propaganda.
Until January 4, Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 8545).

Tuesday 24

Gentle
Artist Jonathan Gent’s solo exhibition features new works involving paintings on wooden boards. The artworks focus on the artist's impressions of the Mediterranean and his memories of Dubai going back to 2008.
Until January 31. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

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