Global artists showcase their sensational works in the city
The art scene in Dubai is growing rapidly and in the next few months alone there are an abundance of artworks arriving in the city for you to examine, admire, and scratch your head at. We’ve rounded up eight of the most exciting exhibitions on show now and in the coming weeks so you can embrace a bit of culture and consider some new perspectives. Click through the gallery below for a sneak peek at the artworks coming our way.
Art Dubai 2018 at Madinat Jumeirah Art Dubai returns for its fifth year in March, featuring a record 104 galleries from 47 countries making the fair the largest and most globally diverse to date. Alongside 77 returning galleries, the fair will welcome 27 first-time exhibitors from around the world. As well as the usual contemporary and modern sections, this year will see the addition of a resident’s section, presenting a selection of ten solo gallery presentations by artists from around the world. We’re looking for to seeing what they have to offer. March 21-24. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.artdubai.ae.
Cascade by Ian Davenport at Custot Gallery Dubai Cascade is the first exhibition in Dubai by painter Ian Davenport, from England, which will feature 16 new works, each developing Davenport’s rigorous investigation into colour relationships and the painting process. Davenport’s meticulous painting technique plays with timing and chance, allowing carefully selected chromatic palettes to run down to the bottom of the painting in a mesmerising gloop.
In two new large-scale works, ‘Mirrored Place’ (2017) and ‘Cobalt Blue Water’ (2017), Davenport has taken this technique one step further, by co-opting the intricate puddled section at the bottom of the painting, as a sculptural element. We can’t wait to see the kaleidoscope of colour. Until Mar 3, Custot Gallery Dubai, Alserkal Avenue (04 346 8148).
Drinkers Of The Wind by Tariq Dajani at Showcase Gallery in Alserkal Avenue Tariq Dajani’s intimate yet dramatic portraits are definitely one for the nature-lovers among us. The collection of fine art photographic prints will feature images from two of Dajani’s long-term projects, Asil and Saqr, studies of the Arabian horse and hunting falcon. The stunning images celebrate their subjects and simultaneously tell a story of personal reflection and exploration into Arabic culture and heritage. We feel it will be a sight to behold. February 6 - Mar 1. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue (04 379 0940).
Elements of life – Solo exhibition by Agnes Winogradsky at Gallery 76 French architect-turned-artist Agnès Winogradsky combines her original work in construction with her passion for painting – with phenomenal results. Her oil paintings comprise of abstract and realistic work, inspired by both Middle Eastern and European influences. Her solo exhibition will be on display at the Dubai International Arts Centre from February 6 until February 12. Feb 6-12; opening ceremony Feb 6, 6.30pm; Sat-Wed 9am-9pm; Thu 9am-4pm; Fri, closed. Dubai International Art Centre, Street 75b, Villa No 27, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4398).
Hero Addicted by Luca Valentini at COYA Dubai Italian born Valentini has a message for us with his latest exhibition. This body of work was inspired by hero and antihero and the juxtaposition of good and evil in a three dimensional pieces. The art is an indication that people no longer differentiate the values between the two in today’s day and age. In this exhibition the artist artfully addresses the impact that mass media and social media platforms have on society by taking iconic covers of newspapers and magazines and reworked them weaving in a mix contemporary art, street art and expressionism. The exhibition is being held at the member’s room at Time Out Dubai’s Latin American Restaurant of the Year 2017 COYA Dubai and sounds like the ultimate food for thought. Until Mar 26, 7pm-9pm. COYA Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah (04 316 9600).
Hybrids, a solo exhibition by Rashid Al Khalifa in Ayyam Gallery Hybrids will present a selection of wall-mounted installations from six different series from 2010 to 2017 by Bahraini artist, Rashid Al Khalifa. In his recent works, Al Khalifa maintains a focus on the re-contextualisation of an art genre, investigating varying articulations of seriality, as well as geometry, surface, and colour. Al Khalifa’s installations are ‘hybrids’ of painting and sculpture, where he increasingly experiments with three-dimensionality using aluminum, stainless steel, and other mediums. Until March 10. Ayyam Gallery Dubai, Alserkal Avenue (04 439 2395).
In Between the Skyline of Kuwait City at La Galerie Alliance Française Dubai In Between the Skyline of Kuwait City is a collection of photos shot and a video installation shot over a five- year journey spent exploring the multicultural streets of Kuwait City. During her time as an undergraduate student, Farah Salem couldn’t afford to travel, so she decided to become a stranger in her own city and explore the back streets – and the result is phenomenal. The show, curated by Antidote Art & Design and Alliance Française Dubai, shows the raw beauty if Kuwait and the people that live there. This one is really worth a look. Until Feb 10, Sun-Wed 9am-8pm, Thu & Sat 9am-5pm. La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).
Skyward by Jason Kackenwerth at The Dubai Mall World renowned experimental artist Jason Hackenwerth, from New York, is in town and has put together a ginormous installation – made entirely of balloons.
The 18m tall and 6m wide installation, called Skyward, took eight days in total to blow up and assemble, with a team of assistants on hand to attend to help him inflate.
So far, Hackenwerth’s works have been exhibited in the Solomon R Guggenheim New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the National Museum Scotland, and now his balloon modelling skills will be showcased for us as we shop. Free. Until Feb 28 The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com.