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Goodman Gallery East Hampton is pleased to present Thicket, an exhibition of canvas, works on paper and ceramics by Ghada Amer. This is the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery in the United States. It follows Amer’s recent participation in the third Desert X Biennial in Palm Springs and In Black and White, her first solo presentation with Goodman Gallery London.

Thicket will be open from June 23rd - July 5th.

55 Main Street, East Hampton, NY. 11937

denis@goodman-galleryuk.com / +1646 298 4602

justin@goodman-gallery.com / +1347 249 8994

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White raga

Ghada Amer

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

162.6 x 182.9 cm / 64 x 72 in.

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The exhibition features a large, monochrome thread on canvas titled White - RFGA. The transgressive erotic embroideries, which brought Amer to prominence in the 1990s, depict explicit female forms with the delicacy of needle and thread. The choice of this subject matter, rendered using thread and acrylic paint, speak to Amer’s interest in subverting assumptions related to the roles and attributes assigned to women, rejecting both religious-driven laws that govern women’s bodies as well as second-wave feminist ideas that reject expressions of conventional femininity as an avenue to empowerment.

house of lust artwork

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh

House of Lust, 2017
Acrylic, tape and colored pencil on pellon

90.2 x 109.2 cm / 35.5 x 43 in.

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The exhibition also includes two works on paper made in collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh. Since 2001, Amer and Farkhondeh have collaborated together in New York City on an ongoing series. Using varying techniques and materials, such as fabric, masking tape, and watercolors, the artists exchange works between their studios – the confident eroticism of Amer’s work commingling with the shapes and beauty of nature of Farkhondeh and vice versa.

blue window artwork

Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh

Blue Window, 2017
Ink, acrylic, fabric and embroidery on paper

55.9 x 75.6 cm / 22 x 29.8 in.

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paravent avec amour artwork

Ghada Amer

Paravent Avec Amour, 2015
Ceramic
59.7 x 73.7 x 27.9 cm / 23.5 x 29 x 11 in.

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In 2014, Amer expanded her repertoire to include ceramics. For the painterly, image-driven ceramics, such as Paravent Avec Amour, the artist uses clay as a flat surface to create a link with the imagery that populates her paintings. In so doing, Amer expands her mixed-media repertoire onto this medium, imbuing these works with the same loaded commentary as her canvases and works on paper.

The girl in the box

Ghada Amer

The Girl in the Box, 2015
Ceramic
61 x 53.3 x 45.7 cm / 24 x 21 x 18 in.

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Gypsy girl artwork

Ghada Amer

The Gypsy Girl, 2017
Ceramic
64.8 x 90.2 x 31.8 cm / 25.5 x 35.5 x 12.5 in.

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Shivering (view 1)

Ghada Amer

Shivering, 2015 (View 1) 
Ceramic
61 x 88.9 x 31.8 cm / 24 x 35 x 12.5 in.

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Shivering (view 2)

Ghada Amer

Shivering, 2015 (View 2)
Ceramic
61 x 88.9 x 31.8 cm / 24 x 35 x 12.5 in.

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About the artist

Ghada Amer (b. 1963 in Cairo, Egypt) lives and works in New York. Her most recent institutional exhibitions include shows at the Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico (2020) and at Dallas Contemporary (2018). Her works belong to many public collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf and the Sammlung Goetz, Munich, amongst others. Notable presentations of Amer's Gardens series have been presented at Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France (2018) and as part of Frieze Sculpture (2020), in partnership with Tishman Speyer, at the Rockfeller Center.

Amer’s first retrospective in France will be presented by Mucem and the FRAC in Marseille in 2022.