Ghada Amer “The Women I Know Part II”

Marianne Boesky Gallery (24th Street)

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[Image: Ghada Amer "Portrait of Noha" (2021) Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas 50 x 48 in.]
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Marianne Boesky Gallery presents The Women I Know Part II, Ghada Amer’s inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition highlights new works from Amer’s most recent series of paintings, The Women I Know. In this series, the artist creates intimate painted and embroidered portraits of the women she knows personally to explore the dynamics of the gaze and female identity that are exchanged between artist, subject, and viewer. The exhibition also includes new cast sculptures, highlighting the artist’s diverse practice that delves into varying mediums.

Amer’s work is inherently feminist—during her artistic studies, she was routinely turned away from painting classes that were reserved for male students. In an interrogation of these gendered power structures, Amer developed her own visual language distinct from the male-dominated tradition of painting by embroidering canvases with needle and thread—a practice that has been historically considered women’s work. Explicitly engaging with the vocabulary of painting, the artist even refers to the hanging threads as her “drips.” Her works have featured a range of female subjects, including her well-known embroidered canvases that use eroticized imagery of women sourced from pornography and popular media. When Amer began her The Women I Know series in 2013, it marked a departure in her practice, now expanding her iconic artistic language to focus on the women in the artist’s personal life. Amer presented the first part of The Women I Know at Kewenig gallery in Berlin, Germany, from November 21, 2020 – January 23, 2021.

Ghada Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 and moved to Nice, France when she was eleven years old. She remained in France to further her education and completed both of her undergraduate requirements and MFA at Villa Arson École Nationale Supérieure in Nice (1989), during which she also studied abroad at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts in 1987. In 1991 she moved to Paris to complete a post-diploma at the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques. Following early recognition in France, she was invited to the United States in 1996 for a residency at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has since then been based in New York.



from September 09, 2021 to October 23, 2021


Ghada Amer

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