Diana Al-Hadid

  • Feb 9, 2013 – May 5, 2013
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Diana Al-Hadid, "Trace of a Fictional Third", 2011, steel, polymer
gypsum, wood, fiberglass and paint, 120 x 240 x 156 in. The George
Economou Collection, Amaroussion, Greece. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky
Gallery, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche, New York.

This exhibition highlights Diana Al-Hadid's unique exploration of art historical references to examine sculptural and pictorial space. Born in Syria and raised in Ohio, the artist's haunting works convey a world turned upside down. Her recent large-scale gypsum and metal sculptures, small bronzes, and drawings are inspired by myriad sources, including Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Gothic architecture, and Hellenistic sculpture. Known for her innovative methods that extend pictorial devices used to convey perspective into three-dimensional space, her works tread on new terrain for contemporary sculpture at the same time as they recover influential visual histories.

Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981, Aleppo, Syria; lives and works in Brooklyn) received a BFA from Kent State University, MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012); the University of Texas Art Center, Austin (2012); La Conservera, Murcia, Spain (2011); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010). Her work has been included in numerous international group exhibitions including, Invisible Cities, Mass MoCA, North Adams (2012); Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009), and the 9th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2009). She is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Sculpture, United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and a recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation, Tiffany Foundation and Pollock-Krasner Foundation awards. Al-Hadid is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.

The exhibition is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions, and will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by Eden and art critic Gregory Volk. The project is made possible through the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and ART\Islam, a project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at the UNC School of the Arts.

The exhibition, Diana Al-Hadid, will be presented at the Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia from August 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014.

Related programs:

Members Preview, Public Artist Talk, Opening Reception • Fri Feb 8 @ 5-9pm 

WAMJam • Thu Feb 14 @ 6pm

Family Night: Imaginary Landscapes | Mystical Places • Thu Feb 21 @ 5pm

Art for Lunch: Curator Talk • Wed Feb 27 @ 12pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Mar 12 @ 12pm

Guest Lecture: Gregory Volk • Fri Mar 22 @ 4pm


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