Our picks of the week
1 Check out a pop art show at The Courtyard Gallery
See Tue 15.
2 View celebrity portraitsat Gulf Photo Plus
See Sat 12.
3 See eco-friendly worksat Art Couture
See Fri 11.
4 Equine paintings at Mussawir Art Gallery
See Wed 9.
5 Marvel at multimediaat Meem Gallery
See Thu 10.
Black and White
Prominent Pakistani painter Mashkoor Raza creates unique and energetic work with a particular focus on horses. This first solo exhibition in Dubai for the Karachi School of Art graduate features specially commissioned paintings.
Until April 30. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 388 1663).
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 and 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 and scripts while also using language as a tool to address cultural and political values.
Until April 17. Third Line Gallery, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
This environmentally conscious art exhibition is one of the many events under the UAE Green Festival banner. International artists aim to reflect on the changes in our world. Expect to see some thought-provoking pieces from established and emerging artists with a strong emphasis on the colour green.
Until April 15. Art Couture. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (050 598 8206).
50 Portraits: Gregory Heisler
The iconic US portrait photographer, whose images have been used for over 70 covers of Time magazine, will be exhibiting 50 of his famous works from his new book to coincide with GPP 2014. Heisler has photographed Muhammad Ali and Julia Roberts, as well as a famously controversial snap of President George W Bush.
Until April 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Discovering Visions with a Trapped Memory
Egyptian 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).
Local talents present 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).
The Dubai gallery has collaborated with Graffik Gallery in London for this pop art exhibition. Nine artists from UK, Japan and the Middle East display bright and colourful works in order to parody modern culture and art trends.
Until April 17. The Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
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).