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GHADA AMER | Girl With Red Hair

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  • Ghada Amer
  • Girl With Red Hair
  • signed on the reverse
  • Ceramic
  • 29 1/2 x 25 x 4 in 74.9 x 63.5 x 10.2 cm
  • Executed in 2014.


Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York

Catalogue Note

Ghada Amer, an American artist born in Egypt, is best known for her erotic representation of women and female identity. She is concerned with the non-presence of women in the Western history of art and has chosen to address it through the medium of embroidery. She began her career 10 years after moving to France with her parents in 1974. Amer’s art rejects oppressive social norms and laws that would confine and objectify women. Nevertheless, she confronts contemporary patriarchal expressions with love and tenderness. As a multimedia artist, Amer uses her control over materials to critique the submission of women, as well as to celebrate female sexuality. In addition, her art affirms the foolishness of war and violence, claiming territory in a field dominated by men, while carving a place in history for both herself and for other women artists.Ghada Amer received her formal training at The Villa Arson in Nice, France, and relocated to the United States in 1995. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Whitney Biennial, and Brooklyn Museum. In 1997 she was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and was a winner of the 1999 UNESCO prize at the Venice Biennale. Other notable accomplishments include being the first Arab artist to have a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2000). Amer’s works are found in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Detroit Institute of Arts and Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.

Ghada Amer currently lives and works in New York and Paris.