Friday, May 14, 2010

Weekend Art Picks, New York

1. Ghada Amer, Color Misbehavior
Ghada Amer's delicate and colorfully embroidered canvases appear deceptively innocuous at first glance, but betray an explicit and confrontational subject matter upon closer inspection.  The conventionally feminine threadwork paradoxically veils couched pornographic images while underscoring the themes of stereotyping and objectifying women which have always been prevalent in Amer's work.  The back room holds a series of unadorned drawings in which simple watercolor lines depict overtly sexual figures, providing an interesting antithesis to the artist's layered and abstracted stitched paintings.
Color Misbehavior is on view through June 19th at Cheim & Read Gallery, 547 West 25th Street.
Ghada Amer, The Black Bang 2010, Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas, 72 x 64 in 182.9 x 162.6 cm, Image Courtesy Cheim & Read Gallery


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