January 31, 2011

Ghada Amer: 100 Words of Love at Cheim & Read, NYC

Ghada Amer: 100 Words of Love 
Cheim & Read, New York
Through February 12, 2011

A new sculpture by GHADA AMER, entitled 100 Words of Love, 2010 is on view at Cheim & Read gallery's dome room. The piece is comprised of one hundred Arabic words for love. Calligraphic inter-twining of letters creates an open, lace-like lattice form around a hollow interior. This work, like other works by the artist, reference domesticity, society, beauty and abstraction, and, consequently, the stereotypical gender roles found within these themes. Ghada Amer also addresses the Western media's portrayal of Arabic society as aggressive and associated with war. Having lived and worked in New York for over twenty years, Ghada Amer straddles both cultures - the Middle East of her youth and modern day America. The tension of this dichotomy sustains her awareness of how we see others and ourselves, and has been a long-standing influence on her work.

Ghada Amer's work is also on view simultaneously at MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha.

Upcoming exhibition at Cheim & Read: Pat Steir: Winter Paintings, 02-17 > 03-26-2011

Cheim & Read
547 W 25 NYC USA

01-07 | 02-12

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