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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Diana Al Hadid

The AIM show I saw a couple of weeks ago has been reviewed in (the Westchester edition of) the NYTimes by Benjamin Gennochio, who has some very positive things to say about Diana's work -

"A wonderful installation-sculpture by Diana Al-Hadid (born in Syria, living in New York City) disrupts the prevailing two-dimensional bias. Prominently placed in the middle of the main room, it looks like an outsize disintegrating phonograph or a melting marzipan flower of some sort. Frankly, I have no idea what it is. But it announces a young artist of unusual imagination and creativity. This is by far the most ambitious, thoughtful and original work of art here."

Diana Al Hadid

Diana Al Hadid

Diana Al Hadid

Diana Al Hadid

Gennochio also like another piece I talked about, Alison Ward's funny burlesque wolf video -

Alison Ward

"Alison Ward invites us to step into a peep-show booth to watch short films of go-go dancing predators chasing seminaked women through the woods. It is a spoof of horror movies, partly, but also a caricature of childhood fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks. Framed mock movie posters surround the viewing booth, announcing coming attractions. I can't wait to see them."

AIM 26, at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse (at165th Street), through July 2. Information: (718) 681-6000 or bronxmuseum.org

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