Art show previews

We take a look at what's coming up in Dubai and what shows to stick in your diaries for the next month

Ayyam
Ayyam
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Young Collectors Art Fair and Auction

Ayyam Gallery is going cheap. In a bid to get young, less-than-flush collectors into the market and owning works by some of the cream of Syria’s art world, the gallery is hosting two events throughout May that should get first-time art buyers bidding.

A preview of works on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 will precede the Young Collectors’ Auction on May 1, containing 30 lots with starting prices below US$500. But this isn’t a batch of obscure sketches by unknowns: Ayyam will be rolling out Syrian staples, such as the late Moustafa Fathi, as well as a number of specially commissioned pieces from their catalogue of artists.

Following this event, the middle of May will be given over to the Young Collectors’ Art Fair, offering two days of affordable buys that will include small paintings, sketches and limited edition prints by well-known sorts and a few new names that Ayyam hopes to debut at the fair.

And, should you not want to leave empty handed, pick up an Ayyam Edition – a series of limited edition prints of Ayyam favourites like Safwan Dahoul, Khaled Takreti and others, each signed and numbered by the artist. Feel like amassing a collection? This might well be a good place to start.

Ayyam Gallery (04 323 6242) Young Collectors’ Auction preview is on Wed 29 and Thu 30, with the auction at 4pm on Fri 1 May. The Young Collectors’ Art Fair is May 10-14. See www.ayyamgallery.com for info.

Ghada Kunji

Al Quoz-based photography studio Capital D has taken things online to launch its new show of Ghada Kunji. The Barhraini photographer travelled throughout the island, turning her lens away from the splurge of the country’s multi-million dollar travel industry and back at the people who make Cuba what it is. ‘Although visitors from the rest of the world splurge on the finest hotels and cuisine, as well as the most expensive cigars anywhere, the quality of life of its citizens does not reflect this,’ says Kunji, and her photographs depict a very bare and beautiful side of life in this socialist island state.

With all works available for viewing online, the real things can be seen by appointment at the studio in Al Quoz. This is an inspired collection of shots from one of the region’s most prolific photojournalists.

Capital D (04 341 5339), behind the Gold and Diamond Park in Al Quoz. To view the Kunji works, visit www.capitaldstudio.com and then call for appointment.

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