Ghada Amer

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Red Diagonales, 2000 Acrylic, Embroidery, And Gel Medium On Canvas © Ghada Amer, Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Private collection
© Pace Prints-Chelsea
The Woman who failed to be Shehrazade , 2008 Embroidery And Gel Medium On Canvas 62 X 68 In / 157.5 X 172.7 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Cheim & Read
LISA AND BRITNEY , 2009 Watercolor On Paper 11 3/4 X 9 Inches 29.8 X 22.9 Centimeters © Courtesy of the artist & Cheim & Read
LISA'S SECRET , 2009 Acrylic, Embroidery And Gel Medium On Canvas 36 X 42 Inches 91.4 X 106.7 Centimeters © Courtesy of the artist & Cheim & Read
THE BLACK BANG , 2010 Acrylic, Embroidery And Gel Medium On Canvas 72 X 64 Inches 182.9 X 162.6 Centimeters © Courtesy of the artist & Cheim & Read
ONE NIGHT IN LONDON, 2010 Acrylic, Embroidery And Gel Medium On Canvas 65 X 50 Inches 165.1 X 127 Centimeters © Courtesy of the artist & Cheim & Read
"Smoking Girl in Color", 2014 Ceramic © Greenwich House Pottery
Group Exhibition , 2015 Ceramic, Mixed Media © Greenwich House Pottery
Quick Facts
Cairo, Egypt
Birth year
Lives in
New York City
Works in
New York City
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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.

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