Selected Works

Ghada Amer

CACTUS PAINTING, 1998 Cactus Elongatas and Verdologas

Ghada Amer

CACTUS PAINTING, 1998 Cactus Elongatas and Verdologas

Ghada Amer

The Sea Witch, 2011 Embroidery and gel medium on canvas

Ghada Amer

THE BLACK KNOT, 2014 Ceramic Work: 29.2 x 31.8 x 22.9 cm

Ghada Amer

YELLOW LINES, 2015 Ceramic Work: 22.9 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm

Ghada Amer

A BLACK LINE, 2015 Ceramic Work: 19.1 x 20.3 x 6.4 cm

Ghada Amer

The Heart, 2012 Stainless steel 85.7 x 107.3 x 83.8cm

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You, My Love, 2011 Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas Work: 127 x 165.1  cm

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My Nympheas, 2011 Embroidery and gel medium on canvas Work: 177.8 x 223.5  cm

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100 Words of Love, 2010 Epoxy resin and acrylic Work: 170.5 x 182.9 x 172.1 cm

Ghada Amer

Dreaming of Felipe-RFGA, 2010 Embroidery, acrylic and gel medium on canvas Work: 71.1 x 80 cm

Ghada Amer

The Virgin without the child , 2016 Acrylic, Embroidery & Gel Medium on Canvas 127 x 106.7cm

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You Are A Lady, 2015 Acrylic and embroidery on canvas Work: 182.9 x 162.6 cm

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Blue Ocean - RFGA, 2014 Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas Work: 114.3 x 114.3 cm

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LOVE GRAVE, 2018 Trimmed plants

Ghada Amer

PEACE GARDEN, 2002 Carnivorous plants (flytraps and pitcher plants)

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SCULPTURE IN BLACK, RED & WHITE, 2017 Glazed ceramic with porcelain inlay Work: 57.2 x 86.4 x 53.3 cm

Ghada Amer

THE BLUE KNOT, 2014 Gazed ceramic Work: 12.7 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm

Ghada Amer

GIRL IN RED LANDSCAPE, 2014 Glazed ceramic with porcelain inlay Work: 64.8 x 58.4 x 2.5 cm

Ghada Amer

THE RED PORTRAIT, 2017 Glazed ceramic with porcelain inlay

Ghada Amer

HAPPILY EVER AFTER, 2007 Trimmed plants on stainless steel structure and teak bench

Ghada Amer

Portrait of a Girl in an Abstract Composition #1, 2014 Ceramic Work: 66 x 63 x 2.5 cm

Ghada Amer

A SUMMER IN INDIA , 2017 Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas

Ghada Amer

WHITE GIRLS, 2017 Acrylic,embroidery and gel medium on canvas

Ghada Amer

White - RFGA , 2018 Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas

Ghada Amer

Smoking Girl in Color, 2014 Ceramic Work: 76.2 x 61 x 12.7 cm

Ghada Amer

Hiding, 2014 Ceramic Work: 15.2 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm

Ghada Amer

The Black Tile, 2017 Glazed ceramic Work: 41.3 x 36.2 x 1 cm

Ghada Amer

The Gypsy Girl, 2017 Glazed ceramic Work: 64.8 x 90.2 x 31.8 cm

Ghada Amer

Tile in Color (Woman with the Snake), 2017 Glazed ceramic and Gold leaf Work: 54.3 x 57.5 x 1.3 cm

Ghada Amer

Shivering, 2015 Ceramic Work: 61 x 88.9 x 31.8 cm

Ghada Amer

Paravent Avec Amour, 2015 Ceramic Work: 59.7 x 73.7 x 27.9 cm

Ghada Amer

A Hidden Kiss, 2014 Ceramic Work: 167.6 x 77.5 x 116.1 cm

Ghada Amer

Déesse Terre, 2017 Glazed ceramic Work: 64.8 x 76.2 x 28.6 cm

Ghada Amer

The Girl in the Box, 2015 Glazed ceramic with porcelain inlay Work: 61 x 53.3 x 45.7 cm

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Orange Peel Plate, 2015 Ceramic Work: 21.6 x 76.2 x 55.9 cm

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Lady in Black, 2015 Ceramic Work: 121.9 x 55.9 x 26.7 cm

Ghada Amer

Entrelacement, 2015 Ceramic Work: 114.9 x 40.6 x 63.5 cm

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Broken Dreams, 2014 Ceramic Work: 34.3 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm

Ghada Amer

Homage à Gauguin, 2014 Ceramic Work: 78.7 x 71.1 x 16.5 cm

Biography

Ghada Amer (b. 1963, Cairo, Egypt) views herself primarily as a painter, but she has worked in a variety of media producing ceramics, site-specific garden works, photographs, prints, drawings, installations, and performance pieces.

Amer’s work has always explored ideas related to women, femininity and gender roles. “I believe that all women should like their bodies and use them as tools of seduction,” Amer has stated. In Amer’s well-known erotic embroideries she at once rejects oppressive laws set in place to govern women’s attitudes toward their bodies and repudiates first-wave feminist theory that the body must be denied to prevent victimisation. By depicting explicit sexual acts with the delicacy of needle and thread, the images’ significance assumes a tenderness absent within simple objectification. Amer continuously allows herself to explore the dichotomies of an uneasy world and confronts the language of hostility and finality with unsettled narratives of longing and love.

Amer’s work addresses first and foremost the ambiguous, transitory nature of the paradox that arises when searching for concrete definitions of east and west, feminine and masculine, as well as art and craft. Through her paintings, sculptures and public garden projects, Amer takes traditional notions of cultural identity, abstraction, and religious fundamentalism and turns them on their heads.

Amer has also created a number of text-based works, most notably the installation piece Encyclopaedia of Pleasure, which comprises fifty-seven canvas boxes inscribed with embroidered texts serving as investigations of sexual and spiritual identity. While her works serve as commentary on the roles of women, they also offer a critique of painting itself, particularly in its largely masculine Abstract Expressionist mode. Her incorporation of thread into the parameters of the canvas legitimates a form of expression seen as particularly feminine.

Amer has shown her work all over the world, including the Istanbul, Johannesburg, Whitney, Gwangju, Sydney and Venice biennales; in major travelling shows such as The Short Century; Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora; and Africa Remix. She has exhibited at P.S. 1 in New York and SITE Santa Fe, and in 2008 the Brooklyn Museum hosted Love Has no End, a retrospective of twenty years of Amer’s work.

Amer trained to be an artist at Villa Arson, Nice, France.

She currently lives and works in New York City.

Exhibitions

I've grown roses in this gard...

03 October - 30 October 2019

In Context / this past was wa...

30 August - 29 September 2018

Narrative Means / 2018

02 June - 14 July 2018

[In Context] Africans in Amer...

17 November - 17 December 2016

News

Ghada Amer, El Anatsui and Yi...

Posted 20 August 2019

Dallas Contemporary hosts a s...

Posted 23 September 2018

Ghada Amer on group show at N...

Posted 01 September 2018

Ghada Amer on group exhibitio...

Posted 16 August 2018

Press

Ghada Amer / The Straits Time...

Ghada Amer / HyperAllergic / ...

Ghada Amer / Madame le Figaro...

Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh ...