Diana al-Hadid

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Diana Al-Hadid is a contemporary artist. She was born, and lived in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BA in Art History and a BFA in sculpture from Kent State University in Ohio (2003), an MFA sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2005), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2007).

Biography[edit]

Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981[1] and lived there with her family until she was five. They then emigrated to Canton, Ohio, where Al-Hadid grew up. After finishing her graduate education, she moved to New York. As of 2014, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Work[edit]

The work of Diana Al-Hadid is, in many ways, about architecture. Her sculptures often recall built structures—cathedrals, pipe organs, towers, labyrinths, cities—yet are made of simple, often delicate or fragile materials, such as polymer gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, wood, polystyrene, cardboard, wax, and paint, commonly found in art and industrial supply shops. Notes Nasher Sculpture Center Director Jeremy Strick: “Diana Al-Hadid creates breathtaking sculptures that surprise us by their unusual forms, unconventional use of materials, and distinctive range of reference and allusion. Her innovative work opens up new ground for the form and meaning of sculpture.”

in addition to architecture, Al-Hadid draws a great deal of inspiration from painting. She admires Northern Renaissance paintings, and the way paintings allow artists to invent space and floating objects.

Her sculptures are often very large. She carefully builds them in parts that can be assembled and disassembled as needed. Al-Hadid finds enjoyment in this process, stating, “That’s what occupies my mind: How do I build it?"[2]

The sculptures have the appearance of unfinished buildings or archaeological remains, and it is often difficult to discern if they are in the process of construction or collapse. Ranging in scale from the human to the architectural, her work references a diverse set of interests, including Arab and Greek mythology, Gothic and Middle Eastern architecture, cosmology and physics.

Despite their personal and intellectual origins, it is their physical presence and ephemeral materiality that make the sculptures powerful, universally understandable evocations of the human condition.[3] Al-Hadid’s ruminations on architectural ruins have recently expanded with the increasing presence of the figure. The fragmented, melting or draped Hellenistic-like figures meld and blur in to the construction and in some instances become incised by the structure. In 2010 she also began working in bronze.

An equally accomplished part of Al-Hadid’s practice is her works on paper. These are not preparatory drawings to her sculptures; rather they are finished meticulously layered, conflated and erased conglomerates of pigment, conté and charcoal. Frequently architecture and, even figures, may reveal themselves behind the veil of the artist’s feverish strokes.

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

2013[edit]

Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH, November 23, 2013 - March 24, 2014

Diana al-Hadid, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, August 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, February 8 - May 5, 2013

2012[edit]

The Vanishing Point, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, September 14 - October 20, 2012

Trace of a Fictional Third, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, March 10 - November 25, 2012

Suspended After Image, Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, January 27 - March 10, 2012

2011[edit]

Sightings: Diana Al-Hadid, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, October 21, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Play the Wolf Fifth, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain, September 17, 2011 - January 1, 2012

Diana Al Hadid: Water Thief, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, September 3, 2011- January 29, 2012

2010[edit]

Water Thief, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, May 15-August 15, 2010

2008[edit]

Reverse Collider, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, September 4 - October 9, 2008

2007[edit]

'Record of a mortal universe', Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, October 19 - November 21, 2007

2006[edit]

The Gradual Approach of My Disintegration, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, November 9 - December 30, 2006

Pangaea's Blanket (and the Slow Descent from Grace), Visual Arts Gallery, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, October 6 - November 5, 2006

The Fourth Room, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, September 2006

Immodest Mountain, Arlington Art Center, Washington D.C., April 4 - June 3, 2006

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

2013[edit]

Remainder, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, June 30 - September 29, 2013
Cadavres Exquis, Museum Granet, Aix-en-Provence, January 15 - April 15, 2013
1986-2013/An Artist Collecting Art, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, Summer 2013

2012[edit]

Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, September 19, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Reoriented, Havremagasinet, Luleå, Sweden, June 30 - September 30, 2012
Jack Helgesen Family Collection: ARCIHTECTONS, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg, Norway, May 16 – September 30, 2012
Jack Helgesen Family Collection, Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway, June 1 - August 9, 2012
Invisible Cities, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, April 14, 2012 – February 4, 2013

2011[edit]

Printed Histories: 15 years of Exit Art portfolios 1995-2011, Exit Art, New York, December 16, 2011 - January 31, 2012
Home Alone, curated by Sarah Aibel, Adam Sender Collection, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, November 29 – December 4, 2011
Collapse, RH Gallery, New York, November 1, 2011 - January 13, 2012
CARAVAN, Maraya Art Center, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, October 14, 2011
Night Scented Stock, curated by Todd Levin, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, September 14 - October 22, 2011
Outdoor Excursions, curated by Gregory Volk, BCA Center, Burlington, VT, August 26 – December 3, 2011
Touchy Feely, Human Resources, Los Angeles, August 13 – September 3, 2011
Lost Paradise including Diana Al-Hadid, Mathias Kessler, and Julião Sarmento, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, July 7 – August 6, 2011
One, Another, curated by Stephanie Roach, Flag Art Foundation, New York, June 29 – September 2, 2011
Disquieting Muses, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki – State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 23 – September 4, 2011
Nereden Nereye, Galerie Mana, Istanbul, Turkey, May 28 – July 23, 2011
NOWNESS, Peel Gallery, Houston, TX, January 7 – February 12, 2011

2010[edit]

IT AIN'T FAIR 2010, exhibition design by Rafael de Cárdenas, OHWOW, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, December 2–5, 2010
Run and Tell That! New work from New York, Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY, November 9, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, November 7, 2010 – February 6, 2011
The Silk Road, Saatchi Gallery, London and Lille, France, October 20, 2010 – January 16, 2010
Paper, Frederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL, May 8 – June 26, 2010
Does the Angle Between Two Walls Have a Happy Ending, crated by Ishmael Randall Weeks, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, April 29 – June 15, 2010

2009[edit]

Disorientation II, curated by Jack Persekian, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 21 – February 20, 2009
New Weather, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, November 6, 2009 – March 6, 2010
Next Wave Festival, curated by Dan Cameron, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, September 15 – December 19, 2009
In the Between, curated by Suzanne Egeran, Istanbul, Turkey, September 10 – October 10, 2009
Fresh From Chelsea, UF University Galleries, Gainesville, FL, August 24 – December 4, 2009
Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue?, curated by Joost Declercq, Watou 2009, Watou, Belgium, July - September 2009
Sharjah Biennial 9, The Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 16 – May 16, 2009
Invitation Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY, March 12 – April 5, 2009
Unveiled: New Art From the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London, January 30 – May 9, 2009

2008[edit]

The Station 2008, curated by Shamim Momin and Nate Lowman, Midblock East, Miami, December 3–7, 2008
Anthology, Otero Plassart, Los Angeles, November 22, 2008 – January 23, 2009
Black Bile, Red Humour: Aspects of Melancholy, curated by Oliver Zybok, Center for Arts and Culture, Montabaur, Germany, Fall 2008

2007[edit]

Agitation and Repose, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, June 26 – August 17, 2007
Blood Meridian, curated by David Hunt, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, April 27 - May 26, 2007
Changing Climate, Changing Colors-24 contemporary Muslim Artists, curated by Mareena W. Daredia and Martin Dust, Henry Street Settlement, New York

2006[edit]

The Happy Lion Mutiny, curated by David Hunt, Los Angeles, October - November, 2006
The Small Sculpture Show, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, July - August, 2006
The Sanctuary and the Scrum, curated by David Hunt, Black and White Gallery, New York, June 22 – July 29, 2006
AIM 26, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, March 23 – July 2, 2006

Honors and Distinctions[edit]

  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2011)
  • Nucci Award, USF Graphicstudio, Tampa, FL (2010)
  • Nimoy Foundation Award to support artist residency at USF Institute for Research in Art (2010)
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2009)
  • United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow (2009)[4]
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Sculpture (2009)
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY (2007)
  • Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME (2007)
  • Residency at Artist-in-the-Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum, New York, NY (2006)
  • Residency with Full Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, NY (2006)
  • Residency at Sculpture Space, Utica, NY (2006)

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