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Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders Held Over at the Akron Art Museum!

For Release: February 2014

The Akron Art Museum is extending Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders in response to the enthusiastic reception this installation is receiving. The sculpture Nolli’s Orders and three wall drawings are on view through Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Don’t delay in enjoying these impressive works by Kent State University graduate Al-Hadid, which dramatically transform the museum’s Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries. Visitors have their first glimpse of Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture upon ascending the museum’s grand staircase, and continue to be awed by the interaction of floating figures, elaborate surfaces and rich colors as they walk through the gallery.

“We’re delighted we can share a major new work by an artist from our area who has been identified as one of the most exciting artists of her generation with an even larger audience,” commented Chief Curator Janice Driesbach. “Visitors continually express their admiration for the sculpture and pride in the accomplishments of an artist who was raised and educated in our midst.”

Al-Hadid is renowned for elaborate mixed media sculptures made from modern industrial materials and inspired by a range of historic sources. The forms reflect the artist’s avid interest in Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, ancient architecture and Hellenistic sculpture. As is typical of her work, Nolli’s Orders relies on Al-Hadid’s intimate understanding of materials and a creative process that embraces both precise and “reckless” actions, with each step predicated on earlier decisions. An eerily beautiful sculpture, Nolli’s Orders hovers between architectural ruin, landscape and figurative sculpture. Its complex forms result from the artist’s experimental approach and fascination “with boundaries—where something starts and stops, how we define a place, is it architectural, sculptural, experiential.”

Thirteen-feet high and constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint, Nolli’s Orders is named after an iconic 1748 map of Rome by the 18th-century Italian architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli. Al-Hadid notes that the title reflects connections she felt with Nolli while working on her sculpture, citing “the interplay between solid and void, figure and ground, and how it relates not only the painting and sculpture but also to the living body.”

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum.

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