Posts Tagged ‘embroidery’

Artist of the moment……….Art Duo Farkhondeh and Amer



Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh are a contemporary artistic duo renown for their imagery of the female figure. The finished works are completed in embroidery. The team met whilst they were attending college in Nice, France at the Villa Arson.

Ghada Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt in the year 1963. Her family moved to the United States in 1974. Amer received her art education in Paris and Nice, France earning a M.F.A. from Des Hautes Etudes Art Plastique.

Amer has worked in many mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and installation art. She often explores the female form.

Price range for the duo: Sorry none available. Works by Ghada Amer range from $20,000 to $250,000 for an original acrylic. No price schedule for Reza Farkhondeh.

Below a link to the website of the Amer:

Reza Farkhondeh was born in Iran also in 1963.

Farkhondeh also studied at Des Hautes Etudes Art Plastiques where he studied video and film.

In this clip we view a show featuring works from the duo that took place in 2012:

What a great team of artists that can express themselves in any medium from drawing and sewing to video art.


Artist of the moment…….Angelo Filomeno

Angelo Filomeno is an Italian artist born in Ostuni, Italy in the year 1963. Filomeno is renowned for his wonderful art that mixes great drawing skills with embroidery. His favorite subject matter is human skulls that he uses to express sentiments of death and isolation.  For his artistic education the artist attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Lecche, Italy. In addition to his silk paintings Filomeno also works with blown glass.

Price range information: Smaller cast acrylics start around $5,000 to $50,000.

Angelo Filomeno is now based out of New York City.

In this clip we view the artist’s exhibit at the Venice Biennial that took place in 2007:

In this clip we view some of Angelo Filomeno’s wonderful embroidery work:


I really enjoy his sense of design. Most artist’s I have seen that use embroidery don’t have nearly the draughtmanship skills of Angelo Filomeno!


Artist of the moment….Orly Cogan….

In the gallery all pictures are by Orly Cogan save the last image which was painted by Hilary Harkness.

Orly Cogan was born in Jaffa, Israel in 1971. Cogan has garnered critical acclaim for her method of story telling with embroidery.

For her collegiate education she attended Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art. She also attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. Cogan also studied for one year in Florence, Italy.

A clip from a show given in 2008  in Los Angeles, California featuring the artist. Orly Cogan’s art appears 30 seconds into the clip.

Price range info:  The artist works in various sizes and the price range is $500 to $10,000.

Orly Cogan lives and works out of New York, New York.

She is included in the Brooklyn Museum.

For most of her works Cogan begins with linens that already have a great design. On top of these designs the artist adds her own drawings and begins to embellish them. The artist then takes her embroidery skills to help make her art more feminine and to incorporate her own life experiences as well.  Many times the artist uses herself  in her artwork.


Cogan is proud of showing her feminine side in her art and  in this regard she reminds me of another artist showing brave and powerful females, Hilary Harkness. Harkness sometimes paints entire ships with only females on them.  Below is a signature example of Harkness’ artwork. She is a slow and dedicated painter finishing only 5 to 8 paintings per year.

Back to Orly Cogan! In her artistic statement she talks about her artwork being inspired by the idea of relationships. In contrast to the art of Hilary Harkness, Cogan plays more to the feminine stereotypes such as pin up girls, beauty queens, and lolita types. Cogan likes to play opposites such as clean and dirty, fantasy and reality, and soft and tough. She likes to question what role women play in society and who they want to be.

Both Hilary Harkness and Orly Cogan paint asking themselves what role they see women having in society. In Harkness we see in her ideal world many times men don’t exist in her paintings. Women do everything on the ships. A Surreal life inded with no men!  Cogan has women included in many of her works, but as a side show. She also uses the female figure as a means to express what has happened to herself in life, a sort of biography if you will. I enjoy both of these artists for their very unique style of painting the female form.


Artist of the moment….Alighiero Boetti…

In the gallery all pictures by Alighiero Boetti except the last one, which was done by Mel Bochner.

Alighiero Boetti was born in Turin,  Italy in the year 1940.  His father was a lawyer and his mother a musician that played the violin at a professional level. Alighiero Boetti  was known as a great conceptual artist who used letterform as one of his means of expression. He also garnered critical acclaim for a series done with maps that he embroidered. He worked on the series for more than twenty years of his life.  Many maps are vast in size as you can see by the women walking in front of one in a gallery setting. He was a member of the Arte Povera, a radical art movement that questioned society like never before.

Below is a short clip showing the different genres the artist pursued.

A great clip showing an exhibition given at the Tate Museum of Modern Art in London, England. This clip is an interview with a curator and well worth your viewing time?

For his education Boetti was originally a business student at the University of  Turin. He gave up his studies to pursue a career in the arts. When he was twenty he moved to Paris and was to study the art of engraving. He met an art critic named Annemarie Sauzeau . The couple married and had two children.

Boetti enjoyed travelling abroad even making trips to Ethiopia and the Sudan. He also visited Afghanistan and Pakistan on several occassions.

Boetti died in 1994. He had a brain tumor and was only 54 years old. He was living in Rome at the time.

I enjoy this artist and he the way he expresses himself with words. If I were to compare to him to another artist working with letters it would be Mel Bochner.

Price range info:  This artist ,despite his premature death, was very prolific in his output. His embroidery works have broken the one million dollar mark selling as high as $1.44 million dollars. Works done in ink can be found from $60,000 to $100,000.  Works in oils start in the low six figures. Works done using a ball point pen go for $50,000 to $150,000. Works done using cardboard range from one hundred to a few hundred thousand dollars. Boetti made some collages which start around ten thousand dollars.

Boetti had his first solo show was in 1967 in Turin at a gallery named Christian Stein. In the same year he had his first show with the Arte Poverte movement.

On many occasions Boetti was the originator of an idea, but gave up control of color to other artists. In his map series he worked with his wife as well as other artists. The map series is said to have used more than 500 artists!

I have so much respect for this artist’s abitlity to use others’ work in collaboration with his own. What a creative mind!  This artist was a master of embroidery.