Works from the collection of Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz and others
30 November 2010 – 30 September 2011
Upstairs in Girls’ Club’s mezzanine gallery in Miami, works by artists Ghada Amer, Kevin Arrow, Amanda Burnham, Amy Mahnick, Rita McBride, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and others will explore the ambivalence of fetish objects and the spaces we contemplate them in. According to Girls' Club these works represent simulacra of reality and employ tracings, erasures, voids and double entendres. The works derive from a distinctly American pop cultural sensibility in which a familiar subject is re-presented as a useless object, its function deleted, enjoyed merely as a sign or a brand. The production of facsimiles by artists can be seen as a critique of the homogeneity of American culture, on consumerism and the easy availability of mass-produced uniform items.
On show by Ghada Amer is Untitled (1997), one of the artist’s trademark embroidery works on canvas. In three different colours, the embroidery repeatedly shows a couple kissing. The position of the partners' faces on the canvas differs slightly each time, suggesting a certain motion or movement in time. Loose threads suggest the interference of a sewing machine, however the work is completely hand-made.
Born in Cairo in 1963, Ghada Amer is known for paintings and multimedia sculptures which deal with issues of gender and sexuality. Amer often addresses the representation of female nudes in art history as ideal objects of desire rather than real human beings with emotions and thoughts of their own. Amer’s work fits perfectly in the collection and philosophy of Girls’ Club, which is dedicated to encouraging and exhibiting contemporary art by women.
T-shirts with one of Ghada Amer’s works ‘Black Kiss’ are available at Other Criteria. The shirts were made as part of a range of t-shirts coinciding with the RED auction at Sotheby’s New York. The range illustrates a selection of the artworks from the auction, designed by the donating artists. All profits from the sale of these shirts go directly to the Global fund (recipient of RED funds) that finances programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. To view the shirts on our website please click here.
Girls’ Club is a private foundation with a mission to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators, and practicing artists. For more information about Girls’ Club and their exhibition program, visit their website