Our picks of the week
1 Al Husn ul Qalam at Mussawir Art Gallery
See Thu 22.
2 Icons of Art at Opera Gallery
See Mon 26.
3 Her at Gallery Ward
See Wed 21.
4 Triangle at Mojo Gallery
See Sun 25.
5 Ruminiscence at Z Gallery
See Fri 23.
This solo exhibition organised by Ehab Ellaban displays the works of Egyptian photographer Ayman Lotfy. ‘Her’ is an attempt to capture, with a lens and other artistic methods, the emotions that lie behind the eyes of an observer, as a look inwards towards oneself. Ayman Lotfy blends photography with other art forms such as body painting and theatrical effects such as lighting.
Until February 19. Gallery Ward, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).
Al Husn ul Qalam
The exhibition focuses on the art of calligraphy in its purest form. The works of artists including Ahmed Khan, Asghar Ali, Aamir Kamal and more will be on display. Ahmed Khan is thought of as Pakistan’s greatest living calligraphic artist. His work comprises overlaid designs, based on silver foil pressed on canvas, which with a sprinkle of chemicals turns them into vibrant colours.
Until February 5. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Road, Al Quoz (04 388 1663).
The solo exhibition of lyrical paintings by Art Noor showcases a collection of 30 of his recent works based on the verses of the celebrated writer and poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. ‘Ruminiscence’ demonstrates the diversity of his artistic endeavours and the universality of his appeal; his paintings are inspired by the tales of Rumi and showcase the artist’s personal reflections on life and art and identity.
Until March 31. Z Gallery, first floor of Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).
Nathaniel Rackowe considers light to be one material in his palette as an artist, and uses it throughout his practice as both a surface and a point of origin. This exhibition brings together wall-based neon, scaffolding pieces, freestanding sculptures and paintings using asphalt that all share a fascination with the perception of light.
Until March 7. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).
This exhibition forms the third part of the ‘Crossings’ series connecting contemporary artists from Africa with artists from the Arabian world. From Palestine, Zimbabwe and Syria, faces emerge and meet in expressive forms filled with sadness, defiance, scorn, questions and at times cries.
Until February 28. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33 Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).
Icons of Art
The exhibition depicts the various developments and major changes in art history through a display of a meticulously curated selection of some 70 works from exemplary contemporary masters who forever changed how the world viewed art. In addition to the works of Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri Matisse, celebrated pieces from Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero and Alexander Calder will also be on show to illustrate the genius of the impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, expressionism, cubism and futurism movements among others. Until February 4. Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).
Prix Pictet – Consumption
The Prix Pictet is a globally recognised award in photography coupled with sustainability. This year, the exhibition opens in Dubai. The award show is in its tenth year and this time around will follow a theme of ‘Consumption’, which aims to encourage debate and discussions on current pressing issues regarding the environment and sustainable challenges faced by today’s world.
Until February 16. East Wing, Limestone House, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (050 553 3879).