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Ghada Amer

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Birthplace
Cairo, Egypt

Birth year
1963

Lives in
New York City

Works in
New York City

Representing galleries

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe
Brooklyn Museum of Art
 
Statement

Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist. While she describes herself as a painter and has won international recognition for her abstract canvases embroidered with erotic motifs, Ghada Amer is a multimedia artist whose entire body of work is infused with the same ideological and aesthetic concerns. Her oeuvre includes examples of painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, and installation.

Amer's multiple geographic relocations are reflected in her work. Her painting is influenced by the idea of shifting meanings and the appropriation of the languages of abstraction and expressionism. Her prints, drawings, and sculptures question cliché roles imposed on women; her garden projects connect embroidery and gardening as specifically "feminine" activities; and her recent installations address the current tumultuous political climate. Despite the differences between her Islamic upbringing and Western models of behavior, Amer's work addresses universal problems, such as the oppression of women, which are prevalent in all cultures. The submission of women to the tyranny of domestic life, the celebration of female sexuality and pleasure, the incomprehensibility of love, the foolishness of war and violence, and an overall quest for formal beauty, constitute the territory that she explores and expresses in her art.

Recent Exhibits

Ghada Amer participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2014 Slow Learner
Timothy Taylor Gallery
 
Apr, 2014 Rainbow Girls
Cheim & Read
 
Mar, 2014 The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst & MMK Zollamt
 
Oct, 2013 "TO BE A LADY"
Sundaram Tagore Gallery - Singapore
 
Oct, 2013 Art & Textiles - Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
 
Apr, 2013 LE THÉORÈME DE NÉFERTITI
Institut du Monde Arabe
 
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