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Black Series: Couleurs Noires

Black Series: Couleurs Noires


Ghada Amer

Egyptian (works in America), born 1963

Sexuality and its many forms of expression is a theme that Amer has used to unmask issues of politics, religion, and contrasting, if not conflicting, social mores between the cultures of East and West. The Egyptian-born artist mixes conventions borrowed from Abstract Expressionism with hand embroidery and explicit imagery generated in the media to challenge notions of propriety, pleasure, and ownership of the female form.

Acrylic, embroidery, and gel medium on canvas
68 x 70 in. (172.7 x 177.8cm)
Gift of the ContemporaryArtProject, Seattle
Provenance: The artist, New York, New York; purchased from the artist by Linda Farris and the ContemporaryArtProject, Seattle, Washington; gift from the ContemporaryArtProject to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, July 28, 2002
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, ContemporaryArtProject, Dec. 20, 2002 - Apr. 6, 2003. Text by Tara Reddy Young. No cat. no., pp. 12-13, 65, reproduced pl. 1.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Elles: SAM - Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists, Oct. 6, 2012 - Feb.17, 2013.
Published References"Seattle Art Museum: Bridging Cultures." London: Scala Publishers Ltd. for the Seattle Art Museum, 2007, p. 47

Young, Tara, "SAM Collects: ContemporaryArtProject" 2002, Seattle Art Museum, 2002, pg. 12

Pollack, Barbara. "The New Look of Feminism". Artnews (September 2001),
pp 132-136

"Ghada Amer at Deitch Projects", Art in America (September 2000)

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