Delirious Matter

by Joseph McKeown

Delirious Matter by artist Diana Al-Hadid consists of six new sculptures in Madison Square Park. Al-Hadid, who was born in Syria and lives and works in Brooklyn, elegantly combines sculptures and plantlife to create a distinctive look that according to her is “a blend between fresco and tapestry.” Inspired by mythology, history, and, in one sculpture, an early Netherlandish painting, the pieces include two wall works combined with rows of hedges, three reclining female figures atop plinths, and a sculptural bust of a female figure on a fragmented mountain. Brooke Kamin Rapaport, deputy director and Martin Friedman Senior Curator of Mad. Sq Art, says: “Al-Hadid’s work summons sculpture and painting, architecture and literature in a beauteous, atmospheric narrative.” The installation will be on display through September 3, 2018.