Pilar Corrias is pleased to announce the representation of New York-based artist, Ghada Amer.
The close collaboration with the artist will be inaugurated with an exhibition of new painting and sculpture in London in 2020. Ahead of the exhibition the gallery will present Amer’s painting Rainbow Lulu at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019.
Ghada Amer’s work addresses first and foremost the ambiguous, transitory nature of the paradox that arises when searching for concrete definitions of east and west, feminine and masculine, art and craft. Through her paintings, sculptures and public garden projects, Amer takes traditional notions of cultural identity, abstraction, and religious fundamentalism and turns them on their heads.
Rainbow Lulu, 2018 is an example of Amer’s exploration of desire that is unsatisfied. Using imagery derived from American soft-core pornography the female figure is repeated in bands, standing together and alone, in acrylic and embroidery on canvas. The repetition of the figure and the veils of thread obscure the women. This impetus in the work grows from a desire which can never be sated.
Ghada Amer was born in Cairo in 1963. She attended the Villa Arson in Nice, France, where she graduated with an MFA in painting in 1989, and now lives and works in New York. Her work was the subject of a Brooklyn Museum survey show in 2008, titled Love Has No End and recently included in solo exhibitions at Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours and Dallas Contemporary, Dallas. Amer’s work is represented in many American and international permanent collections, including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; and Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.
Image: Ghada Amer, Ghada Amer at Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, 31 May 2018. Courtesy of Vaaju. Photo: Guillaume Souvant.