Our picks of the week
1 Loveism at Street Art Gallery
See Sun 7.
2 Group art show at Green Art Gallery
See Tue 9.
3 National Theatre Screening at Courtyard Playhouse
See Thu 4.
4 Lupus at Grey Noise
See Wed 3.
5 Seen at Opera Gallery
See Mon 8.
Working with images, objects and mark making, Michael John Whelan investigates poetic relationships within geometry, astronomy and nature. Whelan takes the death of the last known Irish wolf in 1786 as a departure point. Presenting a new body of work, he uses photography, video and sculpture to explore ideas around science, history, memory and ecological relationships. Beginning at the base of Mount Leinster on the border between Counties Wexford and Carlow in Ireland, nightscapes are filmed in a minimal way indicative of Whelan’s previous video works. Until December 4. Grey Noise, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).
National Theatre Live Screenings
Special screenings of top theatre productions from the UK’s National Theatre will be broadcast at The Courtyard Playhouse, with Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson being shown on Thursday December 4, finishing with Danny Boyle’s smash-hit production based on Mary Shelley’s book, Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch on Saturday December 13.
The Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4B, Al Quoz (055 9673927).
The Ultimate City
Ronald Dupont is a master of the urban landscape. With unique style he captures the very essence of the sprawling metropolis that makes up the backdrop of modern life in the city. ‘The Ultimate City’ is a snapshot of Dubai in 2014 – portraits of a city in the making. These canvasses document the building of an iconic city and the people behind it, the myriad of nationalities that go into making present-day Dubai.
Until January 13. Palladium Building, next to KIA motors, close to Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 104 6059).
Alif Art Gallery presents the solo exhibition Parasomnia by Bobur Ismoilov, one of Uzbekistan’s key artists. The title of the exhibition suggests that the mysterious visions seen in the paintings come from a dream-like state. They are glimpses of disturbances between sleep and wakefulness without connections to a specific reality.
Until December 15. Alif Art Gallery, P4 Level Damac Park Towers, DIFC (04 385 9897).
Loveism: Hec One Love
Hec One Love is bringing his Loveism Movement to the people of Dubai. Known for his massive walls and postgraffism abstracts (the evolution of graffiti art), Hec is showcasing more than 100 works, his biggest collection ever on display to the public – including the artist’s signature colourful splatters and drips and his bold use of typography in his Loveism Campaign.
Until December 20. 10am-7pm. Street Art Gallery, 10B Street, Jumeirah (055 888 8247).
SEEN – Solo Exhibition
Known as the ‘Godfather of Graffiti’, Richard Mirando’s (SEEN’s) superhero works will be the main focus of the exhibition, showcasing incredible and creative talent through his thought-provoking statement pieces. To complement the show, the gallery has invited Taschen, the leading publisher of books on art, to display its latest DC Comics collectors’ book.
10am-10pm. Until December 10. Opera Gallery, Gate Village, Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Proposals on Monumentality
The group show curated by Ipek Ulusoy Akgül, features the work of Aslı Çavuolu, Iman Issa, Christian Jankowski, Amina Menia, Seher Shah and Santiago Sierra. It attempts to twist our perception of monumentality, commemoration, space and power. The exhibition poses a set of questions for us to reflect upon, such as, can monuments go beyond representing the past and evoking collective memory? 'Proposals on Monumentality' offers possible scenarios for monuments.
Until January 4. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz Industrial Area 1 (04 346 9305).