Ghada Amer: Rainbow Girls

Ghada Amer: Rainbow Girls
Library Shelf Location 18.AMER
Publication Date 2014

Cheim & Read is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent painting and sculpture by Egyptian-born, New York artist Ghada Amer. The show will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue, with an essay by the French art historian Anne Creissels.

Ghada Amer is well known for brightly-colored, embroidered “paintings” in which depictions of women, often appropriated from soft-porn magazines, are carefully stitched and sewn on the canvas. Extra thread is left to hang from the images’ contours like drips and splashes of paint, abstracting and obscuring the figures. By using the traditionally feminine, domestic activity of embroidery to re-contextualize her subject, Amer confronts cultural objectification of the female form, repositioning it for a feminist dialectic. In new works for this exhibition, all completed between 2012 and 2014, Amer also introduces text – both English and Arabic – to her compositions, thus merging language with form and literally weaving the two together. Where previously images were repeated and patterned across the canvas, now words and phrases, borrowed from feminist texts and manifestos, reverberate in chant-like rhythm, providing underlying cadence to the oversized, come-hither renderings of women’s faces.

ISBN 9780985141097
Quantity 1
Pages 64 pages with 16 color plates
Author Anne Creissels
Formats Hardback, Exhibition Catalogue
Publisher Cheim and Read, New York
Related Artist Ghada Amer
Categories Painting, Sculpture
Keywords Embroidery, Text in Art

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