Current
Exhibition

JAN 18–MAR 12, 2017

DIANA AL-HADID
 

Blind Bust II, Diana Al-Hadid, 2012. Bronze, painted stainless steel.
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Jason Wyche.
Blind Bust II, Diana Al-Hadid, 2012. Bronze, painted stainless steel.
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Jason Wyche.

Blind Bust II

Diana Al-Hadid, 2012.
Bronze, painted stainless steel.

Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Jason Wyche.

The sculptures and paintings of Syrian-born and Ohio-raised Diana Al-Hadid (1981- ) appear to be trapped in an eternal moment of precariousness and decay. Inspired by historical forms from art and architecture, Al-Hadid’s highly material works are charged with drips, textures, patterns, and ornaments that recall Arabic calligraphy and Islamic textile patterns.

The exhibition is a focused look at Al-Hadid’s artistic practice, featuring recent large-scale sculptures, wall constructions, and drawings. The works have been described as metaphorical “bridges” between the past and the present, as well as cultural bridges between the Middle Eastern world of Al-Hadid’s early childhood and the Western world she now inhabits.

Works in the exhibition draw from Duccio di Buoninsegna’s The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain (1308-11) and Jacopo Pontormo’s The Deposition from the Cross (1528), as well as folkloric and mythological stories. Her use of industrial materials (rebar, plaster, polymer gypsum, polystyrene, and fiberglass) in addition to textiles, cardboard, paint, and pigments, yields works that are firmly grounded in contemporary idioms.

Untitled, Diana Al-Hadid, 2013. Conte, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on mylar. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Jason Wyche.
Untitled, Diana Al-Hadid, 2013. Conte, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on mylar. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Jason Wyche.

Untitled

Diana Al-Hadid, 2013.
Conte, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on mylar.

Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York. © Diana Al-Hadid. Photo credit: Jason Wyche.

By re-imagining the monuments of great civilizations as fading images or apparitions, Al-Hadid not only challenges the viewer to question established notions of both Western and Eastern cultures, she also renders those symbols mysteriously inscrutable and full of new possibilities.

Al-Hadid received a BA in Art History and a BFA in sculpture from Kent State University and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. She later attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Her work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, among others. Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at the Secession in Vienna, Austria, Columbus College of Art and Design, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Nasher Sculpture Center, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, La Conservera, Nevada Museum of Art, and the Hammer Museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane with funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.