7 art events in Dubai this week

An ideal art itinerary – as selected by our editors every week

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Our picks of the week

1 New Pictorialism at JAMM Art Gallery
See Mon 23.

2 Street Nights at Al Quoz
See Sat 21.

3 Horouf Art Exhibition at The Gallery
See Fri 20.

4 Out, Then at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery
See Tue 24.

5 Enclosure at Grey Noise
See Thu 19.

Wednesday 18

Metamorphosis of Time
The group exhibition will feature works from Aroosha Khalil, Rahim Baloch, Romessa Khan and Ussama Bin Naveed. Romessa Khan’s recent series of black and white, intricate, ephemeral drawings suggest a kind of living space that once was.
Until February 28. Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Marabea Street, Al Qouz (043 881 663).

Thursday 19

Enclosure Benjamin
Senior’s paintings depict wholesome activities of exercise, play and walking in nature in his solo exhibition. His figures inhabit a geometric, structured world. Even the verdant landscapes are brought to order with crisply delineated fields and forests. Yet tension runs through the paintings to give a sense of a structure on the brink of collapse. The enclosure of the show’s title refers to the artist’s attempt to create a contained world in which his thoughts on representation, formalism and narrative can play out.
Until February 21. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 556 9797).

Friday 20

Horouf Art Exhibition
The Gallery at Emaar Pavilion will host three artists: Hachemi Ameun from Algeria, Nasser Al Aswadi from Yemen and Yazan Halwani from Lebanon. Each will employ a number of artistic styles and methods across a number of platforms to create a beautiful series of calligraphic artworks.
Until February 28. The Gallery, Emaar Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 367 5585).

Saturday 21

Street Nights
Street culture enthusiasts can enjoy an evening of street food, art and musical performances. Some of the region’s most renowned street artists taking part include L7M, Bandi and Zombi. The interactive event will allow visitors to vote for their favourite pieces created on the day during on-site competitions. International street artists are attending and will collaborate with local artists to create a unique canvas. Some pieces created by the artists during the evening will also be available for sale at a closing auction.
5pm-midnight. Street 4B, Al Quoz, www.streetnights.ae

Sunday 22

Agony and Recreation
The solo exhibition of Iraqi artist Faisel Laibi Sahi spans 50 years and demonstrates the artist’s continuing commitment to the ancient, traditional, modern and contemporary culture of Iraq. His vividly coloured paintings of individuals and groups display harmonious scenes of leisure, as demonstrated in his Coffee House series and portraits of fruit, textiles, shoe shine and laundry vendors.
Until March 3. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Monday 23

New Pictorialism
The presentation of photographs by Ali Azarmi, Danielle Rizkallah and Vivian van Blerk pays homage to pictorialism and to the origins of photography, whereby the precise objective reality promised by the photograph has to co-exist with the subjective perceptions of the human holding the camera. Artist Vivian van Blerk exploits the intrinsic material qualities of photographs by printing on sheets of glass using traditional photographic chemistry such as silver emulsion.
Until March 5. JAMM Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).

Tuesday 24

Out, Then Camille
Zakharia was born in Lebanon in 1962 and left during the Civil War in 1985. Since then, the artist has spent time living in the US, Greece, Turkey and Canada before moving to Bahrain in 1999. Zakharia uses his camera to document the journey he has taken since his departure from Lebanon. Through photographic montage, collage and print, Zakharia reveals his encounters with people and with places.
Until March 3. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC (04 425 0400).

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