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"Ghada Amer: Pleasure"
2001-07-27 until 2001-08-26
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Houston, TX, USA

This exhibition features recent work by New York-based painter, Ghada Amer. Amer is an internationally recognized artist whose work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the world including South Africa, Israel, France, and the United States. Her large-scale paintings, while reminiscent of abstract expressionism, push the boundaries of painting through the incorporation of imagery sewn directly onto the surface of the canvas.

Her deliberate blurring of the line between painting and sculpture as well as the imagery that she engages as subject within her work, furthers her own brand of post-feminist ideology. At the heart of Amer's work are questions regarding the placement of women contemporarily - within the spectrum of labor, art history, and society as a whole. Initially responding to the expansion of Islamic fundamentalism within her native Egypt in the early 1990s, Amer's work began questioning larger universal factors that serve to both subject and objectify the female body in both eastern and western culture. Her paintings and soft sculptures represent a myriad of protests to conventional thought and practice with regard to women in society, particularly in the aftermath of the feminist movement. Her work serves to blur the boundaries as a means to represent the complexity of feminist thought, the debate over representation, and the self-assertion of pleasure.

This exhibition, Amer's first solo museum exhibition in the United States, has been organized by Valerie Cassel, Associate Curator, and is accompanied by a Perspectives-format catalogue with an essay by Cassel, reproductions of the exhibited works, and documentation of the artist's career.


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