Diana Al-Hadid - NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today New York Monday, June 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Video

    In the Studio with Diana Al-Hadid

    "How we imagine women taking up space on a pedestal or in a painting... I think about it everyday." In support of 'NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today', Diana Al-Hadid spoke to us in her Brooklyn studio about her practice and outlook on the shifting gender dynamics in the art world today.

  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen

  • Exhibited

    New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Falcon’s Fortress, September 16 – October 21, 2017

  • Catalogue Essay

    Diana Al-Hadid

    Born 1981, Aleppo, Syria

    2003 BA & BFA Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
    2005 MFA Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

    Selected museum exhibitions: Frist Art Museum and Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Nashville (2019); Bronx Museum of the Arts (2018); San José Museum of Art (2017); Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (2016); Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans (2016); Secession, Vienna (2014); NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (2014, 2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Arlington Arts Center, Washington, D.C. (2006)
    Selected honors: Keynote Speaker, International Sculpture Center Conference (2016); Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2011); Fellow in Sculpture, New York Foundation for the Arts (2009)
    Selected public collections: deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; San José Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; Whitney Museum of American Art

    Born in Syria and living in Brooklyn, Diana Al-Hadid creates works in a variety of media, drawing inspiration across cultures from the history of science and invention, myths, and the old masters. Al-Hadid creates structures that simultaneously soar and dissolve in space, due in part to her interest in the object’s relationship to the ground and her fascination with engineering. The Candle Clock of the Scribe, 2017, was inspired by the ingenious candle clocks devised by Ismail al-Jazari in the 13th century. With controlled dripping and pooling of her materials and suspension of a brass falcon, Al-Hadid alludes to the passage of time and honors the legacy of Islamic scholars.


The Candle Clock of the Scribe

modified polymer gypsum, fiberglass, brass, copper, steel, concrete, polyurethane foam, bronze, lead, metal leaf, and pigment
89 x 53 x 30 in. (226.1 x 134.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 2017.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019