Ghada Amer - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, October 17, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Massimo Minini, Brescia

  • Exhibited

    Valencia, Institut d'Art Modern, Ghada Amer, 9 September - 7 November, 2004; Siena, Palazzo delle Papesse, Identità e nomadismo, May 2005; Roma, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, 2007; Vienna, Centre Pasquart, Out of Art 29, 3 June 2005 - 5 August 2007

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, IVAM, Ghada Amer, Valencia, 2004, p. 74 (illustrated)   

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ghada Amer is an Egyptian born artist who currently resides in New York. Known for her textile compositions, Amer uses embroidery as a tool for wrestling with themes such as female sexuality, eroticism and pornography. Often employing graphic sexual imagery, Amer weaves outlines of pornographic scenes in a gesture which aims to break traditional Middle Eastern taboos towards sexuality, yet within an aesthetic that is subtle and suggestive as opposed to visually overt. The present example is itself rendered with decided subtlety and does not refer directly to sexual imagery, rather, through the abstract depiction of an embroidered surface, Amer highlights a practice which is commonly seen as woman’s work. The activity of embroidery, often associated with female members of society, hints at Amer’s underlying concerns with sexuality and gender roles, in a compositional format which whilst understated, is highly symbolic.


Double Grid

Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas.
183 x 163 cm. (72 x 64 1/4 in).
Signed, titled and dated 'Ghada Amer 02 DOUBLE GRID' on the overlap.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

18 Oct 2008 2pm