Diana Al Hadid


New York, USA
www.al-hadid.wsdia.com
In her works, Diana Al-Hadid refers to existing architecture as well as to buildings in famous paintings of architecture, such as the Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, 1563.

Construction and deconstruction become themes and identities in her works. She experiments with form and style, varying from the more methodical, architectural drawing-out of plans to works that are more intuitive and improvisational.

Often she constructs large sculptures from found materials such as polystyrene, plaster, fiberglass, wood, and wax. Indispensable for the sculptures are her drawings and wall pieces. “The Path of Diminishing Returns” (2008), a repeated octagonal pattern reminding on the labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral, for example, is a blueprint for her various “Tower” and “Problem” pieces such as “Tower of Infinite Problems” (2008).

Employing references to Western and Eastern architecture in her work, Al-Hadid bridges different cultures and historical periods. She opposes the highly detailed ornamental patterns of Islamic art and the minimal structures in modern architecture in Western societies. How much the values of “artful” and “beautiful” differ in those cultures can be examined in her work. It is a vision of form, produced of strange structural beauty.

place & year of birth
Born 1981 in Aleppo, Syria

featured galleries
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education
2007
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2005
MFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2003
BFA Sculpture and Art History, Kent State University, Kent, OH



solo exhibitions
2008
“Reverse Collider”, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
2007
“Record of a Mortal Universe”, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
2006
“The Fourth Room”. Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
“The Gradual Approach of My Disintegration”, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY


group exhibitions
2009
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY
Sharjah Biennial 9, Sharjah, UAE
2008
Anthology, Otero Plassart, Los Angeles, CA
Black Bile, Red Humour: Aspects of Melancholy, curated by Oliver Zybok,, Center for Arts and Culture


bibliography
2009
Kwon, Liz Yisun. “Art & Space: Diana Al-Hadid.” Bob.
May 2009: 138-141.
Reisenfeld, Robin. “The Labyrinth in the Tower:
A Conversation with Diana Al-Hadid.” Sculpture. March 2009: 24-31.
Barakat, Alexander. “Baring the Middle East.”
Review of Unveiled: New Art The Middle East, at The Saatchi Gallery. Canvas. March-April 2009: 178-181.
Murphy, Adrian. “Diana Al Hadid.” Brownbook. March-April 2009: 46-47.
Lovatt, Estelle. “Saatchi: Unveiled-New Art from the Middle East.”
Review of Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East,
at The Saatchi Gallery. JewishComment.com. 26 February 2009
http://www.jewishcomment.com/cgibin/news.cgi?id=14&command=shownews&newsid=1060

Tarbush, Suzannah. “London serves up a lively menu of Mideast culture.” Review of Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East,
at The Saatchi Gallery. The Saudi Gazette on the Web.
9 February 2009 http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2009020928795

Dorment, Richard. “Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East at
the Saatchi Gallery.” Review of Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East, at The Saatchi Gallery. Telegraph on the Web. 4 February 2009
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturecritics/richarddorment/4346252/Unveiled-New-Art-from-the-Middle-East-at-the-Saatchi-Gallery.html

Ward, Ossian. “Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East.”
Review of Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East,
at The Saatchi Gallery. Time Out London on the Web. 3 February 2009 http://www.timeout.com/london/art/event/129610/unveiled-new-art-from-the-middle-east.html

Tomforde, Anna. “Islamic art a ‘taboo buster.’” Review of Unveiled:
New Art From The Middle East, at The Saatchi Gallery.
The Brunei Times on the Web. 31 January 2009 http://www.bt.com.bn/en/life/2009/01/31/islamic_art_a_taboo_buster

Selva, Meera. “London’s Saatchi Gallery shows Middle Eastern Art.”
Review of Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East,
at The Saatchi Gallery. The International Herald Tribune on the Web.
29 January 2009 http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/29/europe/EU-Britain-Mideast-Art.php

Tom. “Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East.” Review of Unveiled:
New Art From The Middle East, at The Saatchi Gallery. SpoonFed.
29 January 2009 http://www.spoonfed.co.uk/spooners/tom-699/unveiled-new-art-from-the-middle-east-766/

Wolf, Rachel. “Artists to Watch.” ARTnews. January 2009: 86-87.

2008
Thorpe, Vanessa. “Record crowds for China art show.”
The Observer on the Web. 14 December 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/dec/14/saatchi-revolution-continues-china-art

Douglas, Sarah. \'Alive and Kicking.\' Review of The Station 2008,
curated by Shamim Momin and Nate Lowman. Artinfo.
5 December 2008 http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/29688/alive-and-kicking/

Douglas, Sarah. \'Weekend Picks: Luis Gispert in Miami.\'
Artinfo. 4 December 2008 http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/29680/weekend-picks-luis-gispert-in-miami/

Stillman, Nick. “Reviews.” Review of Reverse Collider, by Diana Al-Hadid, at Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Artforum. December 2008: 303-304.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Diana Al-Hadid: Reverse Collider.”
Review of Reverse Collider, by Diana Al-Hadid,
at Perry Rubenstein Gallery. The New York Times. 3 October 2008: E35.
Baker, R. C. “Best in Show.” Review of Reverse Collider,
by Diana Al-Hadid, at Perry Rubenstein Gallery. The Village Voice.
1-7 October 2008: 43.
Cohen, David. “Frozen Instants of Failure.” The New York Sun.
18 September 2008: 23.
Cohen, David. “Painting\'s Post-Feminist Form &
Sculpture\'s Matron Saint.” The New York Sun. 17 September 2008: S3.
Grosz, David. “Diana Al-Hadid in New York.” Review of Reverse Collider, by Diana Al-Hadid, at Perry Rubenstein Gallery. Artinfo.
5 September 2008 http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/28490/diana-al-hadid-in-new-york/


awards
2007 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,
Skowhegan, ME
2006 Artist-in-the-Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum, New York, NY
Full Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, NY
2005 Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, NY