Our picks of the week
1 Calligraffiti at Street Art Dubai
See Thu 31.
2 'Best of' exhibition at Carbon 12
See Tue 5.
3 Syria's Apex Generation at Ayyam Gallery
See Fri 1.
4Summer show at XVA Gallery
See Mon 4.
5 Recent works at Art Sawa
See Tue 5.
Bilqis: Kamal Boullata
Allow your perception of spatial ambiguity and transparency to be challenged by this collection of 15 large artworks. Inspired by Quranic stories about the Queen of Sheba, the paintings are free-flowing geometric abstract acrylic paintings on canvas.
Until July 31. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Eric Peyret: solo exhibition
Not a formal artspace as such, but the Fann-A-Porter gallery in the Kempinski Hotel in Mall of the Emirates will display works by French artist Eric Peyret through July. Famed for creating art for hotel groups around the world, Peyret's work is tribute to people and the culture in which they live.
Until July 31. Fann-A-Porter Gallery, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (055 136 9454).
The fascinating art of calligraphy is taken beyond tradition and interpreted into a modern style through Street Art. Fifteen local and international artists showcase their works in an exhibition that trails the frenzied energy of graffiti to the intricate beauty of ornate penmanship. This is one of the most exciting shows to emerge for a while.
Until July 31, Street Art Dubai, Jumeirah (0555157976).
Syria's Apex Generation
Despite the disintegration of the Damascus art scene, a new school of painting is emerging. The exhibition explores how artists are responding to the current conflict in Syria through contemporary art. The featured artists build on aesthetic themes used by Syria's modernists in the late 1950s.
Until August 2. Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).
Amir Hossein Zanjani
In his latest solo exhibition, the Iranian artist's work revolves around the idea of submitting to power. His canvasses feature representations of human conflict and a specially-commissioned installation work featuring the faces of soldiers from all over the world.
Until August 17. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).
Selections: group show
A sequel to ‘Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene’, this exhibition commemorates the gallery's first anniversary and features a survey of selected works by artists from Egypt. The artists, subjects, media and style featured in the exhibition are extremely diverse but they are all linked in identifying Egyptian aesthetic. Ahmed Kassim, Armen Agop, Atef Ahmed, Ayman El Semary, Essam Darwish, Essam Marouf, Mohamed Ardash and Nagla Samir all feature.
Until August 28. Gallery Ward, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).
Butterflies in my Stomach: group show
Three female artists demonstrate their individual skill at this summer-long show. All works use paper as the medium. Debjani Bhardwaj creates paper cut outs illustrating dream-like scenes drawing references from children's literature, film, contemporary culture and Hindu mythology. Saba Masoumian's delicate works are created on dyed paper and Barbara Wildenboer's constructions use maps and photography to explore the impact of humankind on the natural world.
Until September 1. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).
Closer Encounters – Summer Accrochage
This 'best of' exhibition will feature artworks previously seen at this Al Quoz gallery at individual shows earlier in the season. Selected works span across photography, painting, sculpture and video art as well as past non-exhibited pieces. Many of the artworks had a limited run the first time round so this is a rare opportunity to glimpse lesser-seen art.
Until August 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue (04 340 6016).
Recent works 2013-2014: Zena Assi
Contemporary work on canvas by Lebanese artist Zena Assi. Hailing from Beirut, Assi's work draws inspiration from the relations and conflicts between the individual and his environment, society and surroundings. Through various mediums of installation, animation, sculpture and paintings, the artist explores the cultural and social changes of her country.
Until August 21. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).