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Trace of a Fictional Third

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Trace of a Fictional Third © Courtesy of the artist & Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Trace of a Fictional Third

200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220-4007
March 10th, 2012 - November 25th, 2012
Opening: March 10th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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http://www.vmfa.museum
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United States
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PHONE:  
804.340.1506
OPEN HOURS:  
Sat-Wed 10-5; Thu-Fri 10-9
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sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Al-Hadid makes complex sculptures that seem in a state of flux, suggesting both incompletion and decay. Underlying her large-scale, baroque forms are a wide array of influences, including ancient Biblical and mythological narratives, Arab oral traditions, Gothic church construction, Western painting, Islamic ornamentation, and scientific advances in physics and astronomy. The exhibition features a single new monumental sculpture—Trace of a Fictional Third—that interweaves landscape, architecture, and the human figure. It is accompanied by a selection of new, heavily worked graphite drawings that shed light on Al-Hadid’s creative process. Al-Hadid received her MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and currently lives and works in New York.