Ghada Amer: Naughty and Nice

06/01/2005 - 07/16/2005
Ghada Amer: Naughty and Nice

Internationally acclaimed artist, Ghada Amer, is an artist-in-residence at the H&R Block Artspace during the spring semester of 2005 at KCAI. Two, large-scale, hand-embroidered canvases will be completed with the assistance of Kansas City Art Institute alumni, students, and emerging artists in Kansas City. The Artspace presents these two works, accompanied by a selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and the United States debut of photographic documentation of Amer’s garden projects, realized in various locales around the world.

Reclaiming the power of female seduction inspires Ghada Amer’s work. Amer accentuates the female forms in her work with sewn thread, creating embroidered sketches of images drawn from contemporary pornographic magazines. Amer transforms these images into portrayals of powerful, self-sufficient women in touch with their own need for pleasure. Amer has said, “I speak about women’s pleasure…Women should use this power of seduction if necessary…I wanted to take a typically feminine craft (sewing) and make of it a language with which to compete within the very masculine arena of painting.”

Born in Egypt and raised in France, Amer now lives and works in New York. Amer exhibits internationally and nationally at venues and exhibitions including: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2004); Gagosian Gallery, London, England (2002); P.S. 1, New York, New York; 2000 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kwangju Biennale Korea 2000, Kwangju, Korea (2000); 48th International Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (1999); Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland (1998), and many others.

Ghada Amer: Naughty and Nice is curated by Raechell Smith, Director of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. In conjunction, the exhibition, Good Work, organized by Block Intern, Brendan Meara, features artwork by the artist assistants who contributed to the completion of Amer’s canvases during her residency in Kansas City.  Good Work is on view in the Cohen Resource Room at the Artspace.

For generous support of the 2003-2004 exhibition series at the Artspace, the Kansas City Art Institute gratefully acknowledges the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the H&R Block Foundation.

Press

Kansas City Star

Stitching Porn
July 3, 2005
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Review

Drawing from Conflicted Extremes
June 1, 2005
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Kansas City Star

A stitch in time… is art!
February 2, 2005
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Press Release

The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI presents the
exhibition Ghada Amer: Naughty and Nice
May 18, 2005
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