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Ghada Amer, Amina, 2013, acrylic, watercolor crayons, embroidery, and gel medium on canvas, 50 x 60".

Ghada Amer

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Ghada Amer, Amina, 2013, acrylic, watercolor crayons, embroidery, and gel medium on canvas, 50 x 60".

“Rainbow Girls,” this recent exhibition of Ghada Amer’s new work, tethered a porn-suffused AbEx “allover” to a sculpture of transparent form. Though the influential Egyptian-born artist’s signature nudes still remain as complex linear outline (recalling Tom Wesselmann–like wraiths), gone are the vulvae that added a certain piquancy to Amer’s earlier work. The sculpture Blue Bra Girl, 2012, for example, is a vast ovoid with a prominently displayed face, while in The Heart, 2012, the Rainbow Girls are perhaps a bit more difficult to discern, owing to the somewhat punched-in shape of the heart itself. Even more surprising than the artist’s use of the female figure as linear sculpture is her deployment of Arabic script. In The Words I Love the Most, 2012, the curved exterior of the spherical bronze reveals Arabic words relating to love—passion, tenderness, etc.

Amer’s recent

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