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Myriad topics influence Diana Al-Hadid’s work, including anatomy, architecture, geology, world history, and art history. These separate subjects synthesize through her inventive methods of execution, resulting in an aberrant aesthetic. Everything in her repository culminates into creating impossibly intricate works, simultaneously ethereal and ragged. Her three-dimensional paintings, drawings on mylar, sculpture, and site-specific installations intimate a collapse of image, exalting memory against the inevitable passage of time.

Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981, Aleppo, Syria) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Kent State University in 2003, and an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. In 2007, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Al-Hadid has received numerous awards, including: a Joan Mitchell Grant; Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant; USA Rockefeller Fellowship; New York Foundation for the Arts Grant; and a Pollack-Krasner Grant. Her work is included in many public collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; and The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York. Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna, Austria; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Centro de Arte Contemporánea, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Artworks

Diana Al-Hadid
Down with Venice, 2013
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, wood, plaster, pigment
58 x 64.5 x 3.5 inches
(147 x 162.5 x 7.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Diana Al-Hadid
Vesuviusev, 2018
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, copper leaf, pigment
63 x 216 x 5.5 inches
(160 x 548.5 x 2 cm)
Photograph by Object Studies

Diana Al-Hadid
Smoke Over There, 2018
polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, gold leaf, copper leaf, pigment
58 x 64 x 3.5 inches
(147.5 x 162.5 x 9 cm)
Photograph by Object Studies

Diana Al-Hadid
Ait, 2019
Bronze, polymer gypsum, fiberglass
16 x 21.5 x 16 inches
(40.5 x 54.5 x 40.5 cm)
Photograph by Johnna Arnold and Glen Cheriton

Diana Al-Hadid
By Cover of Night, 2019
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, pigment, cement, bronze
93 x 31 x 43.5 inches
(236 x 79 x 110.5 cm)
Photograph by Johnna Arnold and Glen Cheriton

Diana Al-Hadid, Sinking and Scaffolding, 2015, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Sinking and Scaffolding, 2015
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, and pigment
84 x 120 x 6 inches
(213.4 x 304.8 x 15.2 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White

Diana Al-Hadid
Blind Bust I, 2012
Bronze and painted stainless steel
74.25 x 36 x 36 inches
(188.5 x 91.5 x 91.5 cm)
Photograph by Jason Wyche

Diana Al-Hadid, Untitled, 2015, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Untitled, 2015
Conte, charcoal, pastel, and acrylic on mylar
48 x 42 inches
(121.9 x 106.7 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White

Diana Al-Hadid, Mirror Marriage, 2015, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Mirror Marriage, 2015
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, and pigment
93 x 93 x 6 inches
(236.2 x 236.2 x 15.2 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White

Diana Al-Hadid, Master Plan, 2014, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Master Plan, 2014
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, and pigment
64 x 58 x 2.5 inches
(162.6 x 147.3 x 6.4 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White

Diana Al-Hadid, Untitled, 2015, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Untitled, 2015
Conte, charcoal, pastel, and acrylic on mylar
72 x 60 inches
(182.9 x 152.4 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White

Diana Al-Hadid, Divide and Conquer, 2015, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Divide and Conquer, 2015
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, and pigment
84 x 59.5 x 6 inches
(213.4 x 151.1 x 15.2 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White

Diana Al-Hadid, Smoke and Mirrors, 2015, Moran Moran Gallery

Diana Al-Hadid
Smoke and Mirrors, 2015
Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, wood, concrete, foam, black mesh, and pigment
116.5 x 149 x 94 inches
(295.9 x 378.5 x 238.8 cm)
Photograph by Joshua White