BFA, École Pilote Internationale d'Art et de Recherche, Nice, France, 1986
The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany
Neuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, NY
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Cheim & Reid, New York, NY
Ghada Amer is best known for her large-scale, hand-embroidered paintings of seemingly abstract lines that resolve into repetitive patterns of highly erotic figures and scenes. Born in Cairo, Egypt, raised in France from the age of 11, and currently living and working in New York, Amer's practice is very much grounded in both the Muslim and the Western World. By exploring the differences between the two, she is able to unveil universal truths that are prevalent in all cultures, including the oppression of women, the incomprehensibility of love, the foolishness of war, and an overall quest for beauty.
Widely acclaimed when they debuted at the 2000 Whitney Biennial, Amer's paintings subvert the male-dominated language of Abstract Expressionism by embroidering iconic works from that period with images appropriated from pornographic magazines and Disney films. This combination forces an examination of women's role in Western and Islamic culture.