Portrait of Diana Al-Hadid by Diego Flores.
Portrait of Diana Al-Hadid by Diego Flores.

Diana Al-Hadid joins Kasmin

Kasmin is delighted to announce the representation of Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981), whose practice examines the historical frameworks and perspectives that continue to shape discourse on culture and materials today. The gallery will premier two new works by the artist at Art Basel Miami Beach, on view from November 30–December 4, 2021, at booth C10.

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With a practice spanning sculpture, wall reliefs, and works on paper, Al-Hadid weaves together enigmatic narratives that draw inspiration from both ancient and modern civilizations. The artist’s rich allegorical constructions are born from art historical religious imagery, ancient manuscripts, female archetypes, and folkloric storytelling frameworks.

Framed by a host of references from antiquity, cosmology, cartography, and architecture, Al-Hadid’s work gives form to ghostly images abstractly rendered in materials as various as steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, plaster, aluminum foil, and pigment. The artist’s process-based explorations innovate from commonplace industrial materials. Their formidable presence sits steady in the lineage of creation and construction that we associate with empire, complicated by an often-elegiac tone.

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Diana Al-Hadid, Bargaining on a Precipice, 2021, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, copper leaf, pigment, 48 x 62 x 5 1/2 inches, 121.9 x 157.5 x 14 cm.
Diana Al-Hadid, Bargaining on a Precipice, 2021, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, copper leaf, pigment, 48 x 62 x 5 1/2 inches, 121.9 x 157.5 x 14 cm.

Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981 and currently lives and works between upstate New York and Brooklyn. She received a BFA in Sculpture and a BA in Art History from Kent State University in 2003, and an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. She has been the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Grant. She is also a USA Rockefeller Fellow. Her mosaic murals for NYC’s Penn Station were among 100 finalists for CODAawards, an international competition honoring public commissions that integrate interior, architectural, or public spaces. In 2020, she received The Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award. In 2021, Al-Hadid was selected for a Fellowship with the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program.

Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at the The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY in collaboration with Madison Square Park, NY, The Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence, RI, NYU Abu Dhabi University Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE, The Vienna Secession in Vienna, Austria, the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, the Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, the Centro de Arte Contemporánea, La Conservera, Spain, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Her work is included in collections such as the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and the Toledo Museum of Art, amongst others.

Diana Al-Hadid, Allegory by a Thread, 2020, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, bronze, steel, plaster, pigment, 134 x 155 x 300 inches, 340.36 x 393.7 x 762 cm. Installation at Musea Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Dominique Provost.
Diana Al-Hadid, Allegory by a Thread, 2020, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, bronze, steel, plaster, pigment, 134 x 155 x 300 inches, 340.36 x 393.7 x 762 cm. Installation at Musea Brugge, Belgium. Photo by Dominique Provost.
Diana Al-Hadid, Head in the Clouds, 2014, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, polystyrene, wood, clay, gold leaf, pigment, 130 x 56 x 50 inches, 330.2 x 142.2 x 127 cm.
Diana Al-Hadid, Head in the Clouds, 2014, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, polystyrene, wood, clay, gold leaf, pigment, 130 x 56 x 50 inches, 330.2 x 142.2 x 127 cm.