Overview

Born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981, Al-Hadid grew up in the American Midwest. She received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007.

 

Diana Al-Hadid is known for a practice that spans media and scale, and examines the historical frameworks and perspectives that shape our material and cultural assumptions. Al- Hadid’s sculptures, panel works, and works on paper are built up with layers of material and history. Her rich, formal allusions cross cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration, not only from the history of distant civilizations, but also from histories of the materials themselves. Al-Hadid’s work borrows from a variety of sources ranging from Old Master paintings to the innovative works of the Islamic Golden Age. With an interest in how commonly understood typologies and histories can be distinguished, Al-Hadid’s large-scale sculptures blend figurative and architectural elements into allusive objects that decontextualize the historical circumstances they reference. Evolving from material studies of her sculptures, Al-Hadid’s three-dimensional wall panels emphasize the artist’s quick gestural brushwork. Described by Al-Hadid as “somewhere between fresco and tapestry,” her unique process is entirely additive. Holes and gaps form not from puncture, but through controlled dripping, methodically reinforced such that the image dictates the structure. These works have been made as hanging objects, architectural interventions, and most recently as outdoor installation.

 

Her work, internationally known, has been exhibited in important museums, spaces and galleries including: Galerie Isa, Ballard Estate, Mumbai, India (2021); The Momentary, Bentonville, AR (2021); The Welch Gallery, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (2021); Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo (2019); The Frist Art Museum and Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Nashville (2019); Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2019); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2018); Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York (2018); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2017); Mills College Art Museum, Oakland (2017); Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans (2016); The Vienna Secession, Vienna (2014); Nolli’s Orders, Akron Museum of Art, Akron (2013); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2012); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2011); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (2007). She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA (2021); Kasmin Gallery, New York (2021); Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2021); Lahore Biennale, Lahore, Pakistan (2020); Academy of Arts and Letters,New York, NY (2020); University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL (2020); Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges, Belgium (2020); Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY (2020); San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL (2020); Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (2019); Rabat Biennale, Rabat, Morocco (2019); Jameel Art Centre Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2019); Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY (2019); Phillips, New York, NY (2019); Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy (2019); Arsenal Contemporary, New York (2018); Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco (2017); John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (2016); Galerie Isa, Mumbai (2015); Friedman Benda Gallery, New York (2014); The Farjam Foundation, Dubai (2014); Musèe Granet, Aix-en-Provence (2013); Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg (2012); RH Gallery, New York (2011); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2011); Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2011); The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Center for Arts and Culture, Montabaur (2008).

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