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Egyptian-born, New York artist Ghada Amer is well known for embroidered “paintings”of women. Her new exhibition Rainbow Girls started today. This show included sculptural works that were new to us. There were a number of open shapes that resembled organic objects placed around the gallery, which were “covered” with either Islamic texts or images of women, or both. The surfaces were beautiful in either reflective stainless steel, or polished bronze. They allowed the viewer to follow the surface and take in the surrounding negative space simultaneously. Very playful and thought-provoking.

Unfortunately, her exhibited embroidered paintings were not as successful. The exhibited paintings brought to mind too quickly the work of Glenn Ligon and Shirin Neshat, who have both worked successfully with text. Amer’s paintings were too anime-ish, and missing features (noses? hello?) weaken the unfinished look of the work.

Fortunately, The Big Black Bang – RFGA 2013, is STUNNING!

Ghada Amer @ Cheim & Read

April 3 – May 10, 2014

547 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

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