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b. 1981, Syria

Diana Al-Hadid Biography

Syrian born and Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981) is known for her works on Mylar, panels and monumental sculptures of seemingly impossible architecture and abstracted imagery. Working with common materials, including polymer gypsum, plaster, fiberglass, wood, and steel, Al-Hadid creates structures that simultaneously soar and dissolve in space, in part due to an interest in the object’s relationship to the ground and studied engineering. At first glance it would appear the artist removes material to reveal the form. But her approach is in fact additive, the result of methodical layering and controlled drips, best exemplified by the panels—a perfect marriage of her drawing and sculpture practices. With a technique not dissimilar to fresco, she impregnates the material with pigment, creating paintings that can imbed directly into the architecture or hang on the wall. Al-Hadid’s rich, formal allusions cross cultures and disciplines, drawing inspiration from myriad sources including architecture, ancient invention, science, myth, and Old Master works. The latter prompted less by subject matter, but rather the Renaissance artists’ examination and demonstration of perspective. Al-Hadid has further expanded her practice to include outdoor sculpture.

Diana Al-Hadid Featured Artworks

Vesuviusev by Diana Al-Hadid contemporary artwork
Diana Al-HadidVesuviusev, 2018Steel, fibreglass, polymer gypsum, plaster, gold leaf, copper leaf, pigment
Lehmann Maupin Contact Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
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1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, cart, horse, cart at Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
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20 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition cart, horse, cart Lehmann Maupin501 West 24th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, cart, horse, cart at Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
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20 June–17 August 2019 Group Exhibition cart, horse, cart Lehmann Maupin536 West 22nd Street, New York

Diana Al-Hadid In Related Press

The Past and Present of a Syrian-American Artist Related Press The Past and Present of a Syrian-American Artist 14 October 2017, Hyperallergic

Full disclosure: Diana Al-Hadid is a cherished former student of mine, exemplary and adventurous. As a second-year MFA candidate in sculpture when I began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, she sought me out, requesting to audit my Critical Issues seminar (she couldn’t officially enroll because she had too many credits). I...

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels 19 April 2017, Elephant

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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