This week's best art exhibitions

New shows open at Showcase, Ductac, Baginskaya and more

1 Experience Frail Machine at the Cartoon Art Gallery
See Wed 19.

2 Art inspired by labourers' headware at the Showcase Gallery
See Thu 20.

3 See amazingly detailed portraits at Ductac
See Thu 20.

4 Meet Mr Y at Baginskaya Gallery & Studio
See Sun 23.

5 See awesome photos of Dubai at Alliance Française Dubai
See Mon 24.

Wednesday 19

Frail Machine
Tonight sees the launch of Serbian artist Isidora Bojovic's unique blend of mixed media photography and illustration, which explores the boundaries between human and robotic beings, raising the question 'what makes a person?'
Until February 26. Cartoon Art Gallery, Al Quoz, (04 346 6467).

A Swedish photo-journalist based in the Middle East, Katarina Premfors’ emotionally charged pictures are highly personal and moving. They document her father's illness and eventual death after a stroke.
Until February 22. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Thursday 20

In the Bathroom Mirror: Effigies and Faces
UK portrait painter Edward Sutcliffe, who has had his works exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London, is showing his exceptional renditions, which capture human faces with a profound degree of realism. Until March 1. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Friday 21

Bernard Buffet and Auguste Rodin
French painter Bernard Buffet and sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work will be shown together as part of an exhibition that focuses on the similarities between the two men’s interpretation of form.
Until March 1. Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).

A number of artists, including Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, are using broken skateboard decks as canvases for this intriguing, special exhibition.
Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0490).

Saturday 22

Dominic Benhura
Zimbabwean artist Dominic Benhura’s Shona stone sculptures were featured in UNICEF’s 2014 calendar, where he was recognised as the charity's artist of the year.
Until March 15. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

Imran Qureshi
Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year, Imran Qureshi’s miniature paintings are inspired by the motifs and symbolism of Mogul art from the 15th and 16th century in Northern India. The Pakistani’s work creates a dialogue about violence and hope.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

Sunday 23

Almost a Dream
An opportunity to view the minimalist paintings by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul, whose works deal with the conflict in his home country.
Until March 13. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2393).

Mr Y ‘Your Wonderment’
Syrian artist Baseem Rayyes’ fictional character, Mr Y, is a manifestation of various themes and issues ranging from culture to politics. The artist claims that each time he paints Mr Y, he relinquishes more control over the character.
Until March 11. Baginskaya Gallery & Studio, JLT (050 556 2210).

Monday 24

Curiouser & Curiouser
This playful group show comprises miniature art pieces, including pictures and sculptures, which are based on the idea of wandering through a neighbourhood curiosity shop.
Until March 13. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

Dubai Lights of Dreams
The French photographer Daniel Cheong’s exhibition digitally blends images of the city he takes at different exposures to emphasise the visual dynamism of the Dubai's modern architecture.
Until February 26. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

Tuesday 25

Art With No Boundaries
This transcendental group exhibition features Brazilian artist Antonio Veronese, Frenchman Lionel Guibout and Serbian artist Nikola Zigon.
Until March 2. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

K Files Palestinian Kuwaiti artist
Tarek Al Ghoussein’s collection of objects and personal artefacts explore the nature of family life within the context of ideological politics.
Until March 7. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

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