Photos by G. Art by Ghada Amer.
When I first laid eyes on Egyptian artist Ghada Amer’s latest exhibition, Color Misbehavior at the Cheim and Read Gallery in New York, I was immediately impressed with the intricate embroidery of her works. As I moved closer to each piece, I was moved by the juxtaposition of oppression and sexual freedom. Underneath the seemingly haphazard sparseness of the embroidery, a deeper message is revealed: images of beautiful women, often engaged in sex acts. I love that Ghada Amer’s work turns the tables on traditional sexual norms, especially as it is a vast departure from the upbringing she had in the Muslim culture. After the jump, see closeups of her work and when you do, I think you’ll enjoy these canvases as much as I do. There’s nudity in one of the paintings, so if you have a closed-mind, don’t read any further. Color Misbehavior runs now through June 19, 2010 at the Cheim and Read Gallery in New York (on 547 West 25th Street).