Our picks of the week
1 View geometric art at Carbon 12
See Sat 5.
2 Enjoy all things retro at Media One Hotel
See Tue 8.
3 Be awakened at Ayyam Gallery
See Fri 4.
4 See a multimedia show at Meem Gallery
See Thu 3.
5 Check out Kamrooz Aram at Green Art Gallery
See Thu 3.
Amir Hossein Zanjani
The striking, expressionistic brush strokes of this Iranian painter are filled with stories shadowed in the philosophical and social idea of submission to power, turning an eye on the dynamics of mass parades, class differentiation, and inequality. Zanjani's evocative works are steeped in loneliness, desolation and strife, with one installation focusing solely on the faces of soldiers.
Until August 17. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).
The noted Iranian artist's latest work expands on his recurring motif of the complex role of ornaments in modern painting. These works, and the corresponding book, were inspired by the floral patterns of a Persian carpet.
Until May 3. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
This multimedia exhibition includes video, sculpture silkscreen prints and is Mahmoud Obaidi's first solo exhibition in the UAE. The show explores the subject of political propaganda and is inspired by the discovery of an abandoned storage container.
Until May 1. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Slavs and Tatars: Language Arts
Slavs and Tatars is an art collective that uses humour to make light of topics concerning identity and post-colonialism as it pertains to Caucasians and Central Asians. In this case, the artists combine mediums to challenge the use of language semantics, scripts and alphabet while also using language as a tool to address cultural and political values.
Until April 17. Third Line Gallery, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
The conceptual artist best known for his 2010 installation 'Message/Messenger', Abdulnasser Gharem has been known to push boundaries in his home country of Saudi Arabia, wrapping himself around a tree in plastic to illustrate how importing them was damaging indigenous varieties. This is Gharem's first solo exhibition in the Gulf since 2010 and uses symbols, images and events related to the recent history of the Islamic world. Until April 30. Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 323 6242).
A colourist by trade, Butzer's N-Paintings explore the form and function of geometric monochrome shapes in modern art.
Until April 30. Carbon 12, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Discovering Visions with a Trapped Memory
Egyptian artist Essam Marouf paints from recollections of images and snapshots of people that haunt his subconscious and incite varied emotions in him.
Until April 20. Gallery Ward, near The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).
Using glossy and reflective materials such as steel and thick acrylic, Robert Hammond's work veers away from the surface and focuses on reflection and how light interacts with the point where metal and glass meet. He combines modern interfaces with simple shapes, symbols and smiling faces as ordered motifs that resonate.
Until April 18. Art Sawa, Gate Village, DIFC (04 345 0900).
More than a dozen local talents present their works-in-progress at this exhibition, which shows how artists use various media to document their process with drawings, photographic narratives and photo negatives from failed shoots, all portraits of creative experimentation otherwise hidden by the confines of a studio.
Until April 30. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
Crossings: Archeology of the Spirit
Using an array of natural, sometimes unlikely materials such as cotton paper and pigmented fabrics, Italy-based Egyptian artist Medhat Shafik's abstract works seek to put the focus on the metaphors of globalisation, freedom and alienation.
Until April 30. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6367).
Beyond The Rules
This group exhibition at the furniture-loving gallery includes work from Julian Mayor, Kiki Van Eijk, Andrea Salvetti, Roberto Mora and Coralla Maiuri.
Until May 15. La Galerie Nationale, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).
British artist and self-confessed retro lover and ambassador of quirkiness Mel Pickup's work promises to deliver a 'pinch of old Hollywood glamour, a smattering of superhero and a dab of outer space'.
Until April 30. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).