Diana Al-Hadid and Medardo Rosso

Workshop, in collaboration with the Museo Medardo Rosso, Barzio and Marianne Boesky, New York is delighted to announce the opening of ‘Diana Al-Hadid and Medardo Rosso’. The exhibition will be open from 30 May until 05 September 2013. A full century separates the lives and careers of Medardo Rosso (1858-1928) and Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981), a Syrian sculptor, working in New York, yet Al-Hadid feels a profound spiritual kinship to Rosso’s process and practice, a link that is reinforced by this exhibition of the two artists’ work in the same gallery space. On one side of the century is Rosso, one of the most shadowy figures in art history. Born in Turin but raised in Milan, he was a self-taught sculptor infused with the anti-academic sentiment typical of the period. On the other side of the century is Al-Hadid, who emigrated from Aleppo to Cleveland as a child. In the past seven years, she has produced, in an incessant creative flow, over twenty-four sculptural installations and thirty drawings. She has shown her work on more than sixty occasions in museums and galleries around the world. Al-Hadid’s desire to exhibit her works alongside Rosso’s signals a shift in her thinking; by making Rosso’s presence palpable, she invites us to create a dialogue between her work and his. Her iconography for this exhibition intimates that such a conversation is occurring: for the first time, she has made life-size representations of the human face. In contrast to Rosso, however, her creations are mute, expressionless bronze heads without bodies, resting on seemingly unstable pedestals deprived of solid inner structures. As opposed to the psychologically expressive fullness and intensity of Rosso’s heads, Al-Hadid’s gazeless heads signal emptiness. Whereas Rosso invited us to imagine the hidden richness of these interiors, Al-Hadid makes visible the ‘inside’ and insists that it is only a void. Diana Al-Hadid’s work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond and The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro. She has had solo exhibitions at The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; Centro de Arte Contemporánea, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. She is a 2011 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and 2009 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship, and the New York Foundation Fellowship in Sculpture.

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