Ghada Amer

Biography

Lives and works in New York, NY, United States

1963

Born in Cairo, Egypt

1986

BFA in Painting, Villa Arson, Nice, France

1987

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, United States

1991

Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

1999

Awarded the UNESCO Prize, Venice Biennial, Italy

2017

Artist in Residency at Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
Honoured with the African Art Award of The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., United States

2018

Artist in Residency at Cerámica Suro, Guadalajara, Mexico

Selected solo exhibitions

2022

Hoy el 70% de los pobres en el mundo son mujeres [70% of the Poor in the World are Women], Museu de Arte e Historia de Guanajuato, León, Mexico
Cactus Painting, Musée d’art naïf, Biennale de Nice, Nice, France

2021

"The Women I Know Part II", Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, United States
"In Black and White", Goodman Gallery, London, England

2020

"The Women I Know", Kewenig, Berlin, Germany
"Hoy el 70% de los Pobres en el Mundo son Mujeres", MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
"Did You Ever Think There Would Come a Time", Goodman Gallery, London, England

2018

"Ceramics, Knots, Thoughts, Scraps", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX, United States
"Dark Continent", CCOD - Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France
Cheim & Read, New York, NY, United States
"Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh: Love Is a Difficult Blue", Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2017

"Déesse Terre", Jane Hartsooka Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY, United States

2016

Kewenig, Berlin, Germany

2015

"Earth. Love. Fire", Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai

2014

"Rainbow Girls", Cheim & Read, New York, NY, United States

2013

"Référence à Elle", Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2012

"The Other I", Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

2011

"100 Words of Love", Cheim & Read, New York, NY, United States
"No Romance", Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010

"Color Misbehavior", Cheim & Read, New York, NY, United States

2009

"Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: Roses Off Limits", Pace Prints, New York, NY, United States

2008

"Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: Collaborative Drawings", Tina Kim Fine Arts, New York, NY, United States
"Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: A New Collaboration on Paper", Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
"Love Has No End", Elisabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, United States

2007

"Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh: Collaborative Drawings”, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
"Another Spring", Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
"Le Salon Courbé", Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan, Italy
MACRO - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italy

2006

"Breathe Into Me", Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, United States

2004

Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA, United States
IVAM – Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

2003

"Forefront 45", Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, United States
Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy

2002

Gagosian Gallery, London, England
De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2001

"Encyclopedia of Pleasure", Deitch Projects, New York, NY, United States
"Reading Between the Threads", Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway; traveled to Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany and Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden

2000

"Drawings", Anadil Gallery, Jerusalem
"Intimate Confessions", Deitch Projects, New York, NY, United States; traveled to Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
"Encyclopedia of Pleasure", Centre Culturel Contemporain, Tours, France

1999

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain

1998

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, United States

1997

Espace Karim Francis, Cairo, Egypt

1996

Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY, United States

1994

Centre Jules Verne, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France

1993

Galerie Météo, Paris, France

1992

Hôpital Éphémère, Paris, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

"Breaking the Monument (Images of Resistance)", CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporânea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
"Abstraction and Calligraphy − Towards a Universal Language", Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"Desert X", Palm Springs, CA, United States
"Experience & Expression", Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, United States

2020

"Heroines of Abstract Expressionism and FEM", Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, CT, United States
"Some Day is Now: Women, Art & Social Change", New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, United States
"Sculpturally Distanced", Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO, United States

2019

"An Instant Before the World", Rabat Biennale, Rabat, Morocco
"All Things Being Equal", Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

2018

"Le Grand Monnayage", Melle Biennial, Melle, France
"Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century", Frist Center, Nashville, TN, United States
"Half the Picture: a Feminist Look at the Collection", Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, United States
"Ways of Seeing", New York University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
"Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World", Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, United States
"Une Nouvelle Humanité", Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal
"Breaking the Mold: Investigating Gender", Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, United States
"Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition", Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, United States

2017

"Visionary Viewpoints of Africa's Arts", National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., United States
"Eternal Light: Something Old, Something New", Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
"In Rebellion: Female Narratives in the Arab World", IVAM - Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
"Ways of Seeing", ARTER – Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey
"Entangled: Threads & Making", Turner Contemporary, London, England
"Third Space – Shifting Conversations about Contemporary Art", Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, United States

2016

"The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men", Cheim & Read, New York, NY, United States

2015

"You Love Me You Love Me Not", Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal
"Le Fil Rouge", Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, Germany
"The Worlds Turned Upside Down: Contemporary Art and Folk Cultures", European Capital of Culture, Mons, Brussels

2014

"Draw: Mapping Madness", Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
"Killer Heels", Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, United States
"Songs of Loss and Songs of Love", Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea
"The Divine Comedy", MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
"Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection", Minaret Al Saadiyat Culture Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2013

"Earth Matters", National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C., United States

2012

"Le Corps Découvert", Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

2010

"Told, Untold, Retold", Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, United Arab Emirates

2009

"Against Exclusion", Moscow Biennial, Garage Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
"Elles@centrepompidou", Centre Pompidou, Paris France

2008

"Prospects 1", Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, United States

2007

"Check Lists Luanda Pop", African Pavillon, Arsenale, Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
"Global Feminisms", Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; traveled to Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, United States
"An Indigestible Dessert", Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy (collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh)

2006

"Without Boundary", MOMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
"Zones of Contact", Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia

2005

"Centre of Gravity", Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
"Here Comes the Sun", Magasin 3 - Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
"Always a Little Further", Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2004

"Africa Remix", Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany; traveled to Hayward Gallery, London, England; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan and Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden
"Hommage à Georges Pompidou: Parcours dans les Collections du Musée d’Art Moderne", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2003

"Inscribing Meanings: African Arts of Communication", National Museum of African Art, Smithonian Institution, Washington D.C., United States
"Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora", Museum of African Art, Long Island City, NY, United States; traveled to Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, United States; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, MI, United States; City Art Center, Edinburgh, Scotland; Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, United States

2001

"The Short Century", Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany; traveled to Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, United States and MOMA PS1, New York, NY, United States

2000

"Greater New York: New Art in New York Now", MOMA PS1, New York, NY, United States
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, United States
"Man and Space", Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea
"Partage d’Exotismes", Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France

1999

"Aperto Over All", Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
"Looking for a Place", Santa Fe Biennial, Santa Fe, NM, United States

1998

"Loose Threads", Serpentine Gallery, London, England
"Echolot", Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
"L’Envers du Décor, Dimensions Décoratives dans l’Art du XXème Siècle", Musée d’Art Moderne Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France

1997

"Vraiment Féminisme et Art" , Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
"Alternating Currents", Johannesburg Biennial, Johannesburg, South Africa

1996

"Miniatures", Espace Karim Francis, Cairo, Egypt
"The Sense of Order", Moderne Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

1995

"Pittura/Immedia", Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
"Orient/ation, the Vision of Art in a Paradoxical World", Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

Selected Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, United States
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, United States
CCOD - Centre de Création Contemporaine Olivier Debré, Tours, France
Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium
Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, United States
FNAC - Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
FRAC - Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France
FRAC - Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille, France
Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, United States
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
LAM - Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut, Lille, France
Leeum - Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Monsoon Art Collection, London, England
Musée d’Art Moderne de Céret, Céret, France
Neuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, NY, United States Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, United States
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Try-me, Richmond, VA, United States
Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, Turkey