Best art exhibitions this week

The best art events in Dubai this week

Our picks of the week

1 39 at Ayyam Gallery
See Fri 17.

2 Boundless Momentary at The Mine
See Wed 15.

3 Christie’s Auction at Emirates Towers Hotel
See Tue 21.

4 Theatre Workshops at Ductac
See Sat 18.

5 Darkened Cities at East Wing
See Thu 16.

Wednesday 15

Boundless Momentary
Bahareh Navabi’s solo exhibition at The Mine will explore self-reflection and exploration. Her work, although figurative at first glance, is the result of an abstract process that the artist describes as an unconscious reflection of her mind.
Until November 1. The Mine, Street 8, Warehouse 38, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).

Thursday 16

Darkened Cities
Photographer Thierry Cohen imagines world cities without lights. His dazzling photographs are rich not only in implication and sheer visual appeal, but in technical ingenuity.
Until November 20. East Wing Gallery, Limestone House, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Friday 17

39
The exhibition is the first suggestive retrospective of multidisciplinary artist Faisal Samra. A Bahrain-born Saudi national, Samra is recognised as a pioneer of conceptual art in the Gulf and as a leading contemporary artist in the Middle East. Featuring a variety of media, the exhibition will highlight the many formal investigations that have distinguished his near four-decade long career while also underlining his ongoing investigation of the figure through existentialist themes.
Until January 10 2015. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).

Saturday 18

Art Theatre Workshops
The STAR TOO collaborative performance art theatre workshops for adults offer a progressive and multidisciplinary approach to performance art training. With a passion for cutting-edge physical theatre, three specialists will lead classes focusing on self-expression, bonding skills and creative thinking. The workshops are aimed at adults with a passion for acting, movement, music, art, dance and collaborative processes.
Dhs2,500 for ten weeks. Every Saturday 7pm-9pm. Until December 13. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Sunday 19

Act and Application
The group exhibition brings together six contemporary artists from around the world: Ra di Martino, littlewhitehead, Arthur Prior, David Rickard, Darren Harvey-Regan and Setareh Shahbazi. Curated by London-based William Lunn, this exhibition offers a selection from the breadth of diverse outcomes that result from each artist’s use of photography within a broader multimedia practice.
Until October 29. Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).

Monday 20

Arabian Art Spirit
The two-week exhibition will take place at Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments, the city’s first completely art-inspired hotel and gallery that opened in February this year. Guests are invited to admire a showcase of beautiful artworks from more than 25 local and regional artists from Dubai’s International House collection. Noon Hotel’s art gallery, located on the first floor, will feature pieces from award-winning artists including Ismail Fatah Al Turk, Fateh Al Moudarres, Paul Guiragossian and Dr Khalid Al Jader.
Until October 29. Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments, Al Barsha 1 (04 347 7676).

Tuesday 21

Works by Shafic Abboud
Collectors are in for a rare treat this auction season, as Christie’s Dubai will be offering ten works by the leading Lebanese modernist Shafic Abboud (1926-2004) from the exceptional Beirut collection of Viviane and Robert Debbas. Mostly large compositions in Abboud’s distinctive abstract hand, each work is a study in his 60-year experiment in the search for the essence of light through colour. The collection is expected to realise around US$2 million (Dhs7.3 million) and will be the highlight of the sale of modern and contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art. A special online-only sale of works will run from October 16 to 30.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.christies.com (04 330 0000).

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