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Ghada Amer

Annina Nosei Gallery

An Egyptian-born artist living in Paris, Ghada Amer reminds us forcefully what it means to say that art transcends its subject: this transcendence is a refinement, a distillation taken to such a degree as to become indistinguishable from excess. At one level, Amer’s work can be described easily enough, and in the process of describing it one has the impression of grasping the categories through which her work can be classified and interpreted. She takes stretched canvas (or, in one instance, a blue cotton tablecloth) and “paints” on it by embroidering colored threads, using images taken from pornographic magazines but fragmenting and multiplying them (primarily through variations on the Modernist grid) so that they become obscured but never entirely effaced. One would hardly need to look at the works to know that they engage in a critique of the subjugating male gaze and encourage the

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