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Three Art Exhibitions to Visit and What to Wear

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Browse your favorite artists and explore up and coming talents during the bustling art season with an outfit that will take your sartorial credentials up a notch. The opening night of an exhibition calls for a polished aesthetic, yet allows your creativity to shine. With all the artwork you’ll be surrounded by, dress accordingly to stand out. In this edit, we feature ensembles that will spark your inspiration.

Thresholds

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Trial No. 133, When Your Soul Got Mixed with Mine, 2016, acrylic canvas, 185 x 250 cm by Mouteea Murad. Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery.

If you like vivid imagery and vibrant compositions, you don’t want to miss Sharjah-based painter Moueteea Murad’s solo show that’s set to take place at Ayyam Gallery in Dubai from November 13th until January 7th. Titled Thresholds and curated by New York-based curator Murtaza Vali, the exhibition showcases Murad’s latest work, which explores math in geometric abstraction. With an eye for space and dimension, his large-scale pieces draw on optical art that uses Fibonacci as a starting point – a number sequence named after Italian mathematician Leonardo Bonacci. In grid-like patterns that resemble windows, the paintings beg a double take as they give the illusion of growing and contracting.

To pay a visit to Murad’s colorful body of work, slip on an outfit featuring an ecru bell-sleeved sweater offset with bold pants featuring a subtle geometric motif. Add edge, with a mesh glove-like bracelet. Complete your look with strappy suede sandals and an eye-catching clutch.

East-East: UAE Meets Japan, Vol. 2

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Khalid Mezaina, Myth, 2016. Courtesy of Chi-Ka.

Into cross-cultural art? East-East: UAE Meets Japan, Vol. 2 bridges the Emirati art scene with Japanese art. Hosted by Dubai-based kimono-abaya brand Chi-Ka and curated by the founder and editor-in-chief of Daily Art Global Sophie Mayuko Arni, this show draws on the similarities between the countries and shines a light on local emerging artists Khalid Mezaina, Al Anood Al Obaidly, Amna Al Maamari, and Ahmed Al Anzi. Set take place at Chi-Ka boutique in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, the exhibition starts on November 13th and will run until November 30th, 2016.

With the boutique setting in the Dubai’s art scene, take a fashion-forward approach with a plaid-printed dress layered under a knit top featuring a standout detail – like the thick lace-up accent on the Proenza Schouler design. For finishing touches, inject an edge through a single earring, a structured clutch and sturdy loafers.

Against the Darkness

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The Route of Creation, 2015, acrylic on canvas by Mohammad Bozorgi. Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery.

Calligraphy with a twist. Against the Darkness is a solo exhibition by Iranian contemporary calligrapher and painter Mohammad Bozorgi. Scheduled to take place on November 10th, 2016 until January 7th, 2017 at Ayyam Gallery in Beirut, it displays Bozorgi’s work from his recent series Coloured Tears, Grey World. Delve deep into a visually stimulating voyage through pieces that explore color and complex abstraction of calligraphic forms conceived aa a response to the conflicts in the region and the spread of devastation and destruction.

An opaque palette with a pop of color is a good choice. A black, floor-grazing skirt paired with a tailored top in a contrast color is a stylish starting point. Slip on a velvet cross-body bag for texture. Polish your look with a statement cocktail ring in a sculptural design.

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