Best art exhbitions now showing in Dubai

This week: New shows from SH Raza and your last chance to see Gregory Heisler's portraits

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Our picks of the week

1 See an Indian art legend at Sovereign Gallery
See Mon 18.

2 Buy art with a consciencefrom Leena Kewlani
See Tue 22.

3 Create your own works at thejamjar
See Sun 20.

4 See Pakistani paintings at Mussawir Art Gallery
See Wed 16.

5 Make a masterpiece at thejamjar
See Sun 20.

Wednesday 16

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).

Thursday 17

Kamrooz Aram
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).

The Replacement
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).

Friday 18

SH Raza
The renowned painter, once dubbed 'India's priciest modern artist' after a painting sold for almost $3.5m (Dhs569m), will be exhibiting work from early in his career at the JLT gallery. Followers of Raza's work may be surprised to see he began his career as a landscape painter. Many of the pieces on show come from his adopted France, where Raza has been living since the 1960s.
Until April 24. Sovereign Gallery, JLT. (04 432 2846).

Saturday 19

50 Portraits: Gregory Heisler
The iconic US portrait photographer, whose images have been used for more than 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. The exhibition ends this week, so go while you can.
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).

Sunday 20

Create your own art
Families can get their own art buzz with a rare school holiday offer from this prominent Dubai gallery. Throughout April, children will get a free Dhs100 painting package when two more are purchased. Price on request.
Until April 30. Thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

The Thread: group show
This exhibition shows two dimensional and large-scale installations that incorporate stitching and thread as a prominent piece of the art. Presented by artists Maryam Ashkanian, Soodeh Bagheri and Cecilia Monero-Yaghoubi, the works look at how threading can literally and metaphorically connect artworks and exhibition space.
Until April 25. Total Arts at The Courtyard, Al Quoz. (04 347 5050).

Monday 21

Turning Point
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).

Tuesday 22

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).

Retro Culture
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).

Leena Kewlani
The amateur painter and acclaimed artist has added new paintings to her website. Already popular with collectors across the city, her works tend to be vivid dreamscapes and iconography. A percentage of the profit for all sold paintings will be donated to help children in need of an education.
Ongoing. Private collection viewable at www.lkewlani.com (no number).

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