Biography

Dimitri Hadzi in studio Cambridge photo
Dimitri Hadzi in his studio, 1990s, Cambridge, Mass. (photo: John Lueders-Booth)

Biographical Summary

Dimitri Hadzi is among the most distinguished modernist sculptors, creator of works in bronze and stone that are powerfully abstract and expressionist in character. Yet his belief in the past as both a literary and an aesthetic source, as well as his use of such traditional materials as bronze, shape a career that stands out from those of mainstream modernists. Hadzi thinks of art in clear, formalist terms, but with nuances of mythic meaning drawn from his Greek heritage. After a nearly-twenty-five-year sojourn in Rome, he spent fourteen years teaching at Harvard University, at the same time that he was executing large-scale architectural commissions for sites in North America, public works of exceptional physical beauty, structural bravura, and durability.

EDUCATION

1952‐3  Belle Arte, Rome, Italy
1950‐1  Polytechnion, Athens, Greece
1950      Graduated with Honors from The Cooper Union, New York City

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS

1997       Member, National Academy of Design
1987       St. Gaudens Award, The Cooper Union
1983       Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters
1974       Resident, American Academy in Rome
1957       John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
1954       Louis Comfort Tiffany Award
1950‐1  Fullbright Fellow, Athens, Greece

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1989-2006      Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1975-1989      Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dimitri Hadzi 3 sculptures - triplets

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
Albright‐Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y
Chase Manhattan Bank of North America, New York
City of Tilburg, Holland
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Hakone Museum of Sculpture, Tokyo, Japan
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mineralogical Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Canada
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, Florida
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Phoenix Museum of Art, Arizona
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
Stanford University Art Museum, Palo Alto, California
The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
 
Sketch for Sculpture

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013              Danese, New York, New York
2010              Victoria Munroe Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
2010              “The Roman Years”, Danese, New York, New York
2008              Victoria Munroe Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts
2008              Danese, New York, New York
2007              Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
2006              Kouros Gallery, New York, New York
2005              Gremillion Gallery, Houston, Texas
2003              Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
2002              Kouros Gallery, New York, New York
2001              Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
2000              Gremillion Gallery, Houston, Texas
2000              Athens Gallery, Athens, Greece
1998              Kouros Gallery, New York, New York
1998              Hellenic Cultural Foundation, New York, New York
1997              Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1997              Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, Rhode Island
1997              Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California
1996              Long Point Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts
1995              Kouros Gallery, New York, New York
1991              The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
1991              Levinson‐Kane Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1990              Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, California
1989              Rikugien Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1989              Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1989              Kouros Gallery, New York, New York
1987              Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1984              Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1984              Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, New York
1982              Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1981              Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, New York
1980              Mekler Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1977              Alpha Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1974              Galleria dell’Obelisco, Rome, Italy
1972              Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1971              Alpha Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
1969              Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
1963              Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1962              Stephen Radich Gallery, New York, New York
1961              Galerie Van De Loo, Munich, Germany
1961              Stephen Radich Gallery, New York, New York
1960              Felix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1958              Galeria Schneider, Rome, Italy
 

COMMISSIONS

1991              Hugo Black Courthouse, Birmingham, Alabama ‐ 20 foot long mixed granites
1990              Public Art Collection, Lowell, Massachusetts ‐ 13 foot high bronze
1989              Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California ‐ 12 foot high bronze
1987              Pine Manor College, Boston, Massachusetts ‐ 12 foot high mixed granites
1986              Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota ‐ 13 foot high mixed granites
1986              City of Appleton, Appleton, Wisconsin ‐ 15 foot high, 32 foot long dolomite
1985              Harvard Square, MBTA, Cambridge, Massachusetts ‐ 24 foot high mixed granites
1984              Sculpture/Fountain, Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts ‐ 30 foot high mixed granites and travertines
1982              Stanford University, Palo Alto, California ‐ 12 foot high bronze
1982              Owens‐Illinois, Inc., Toledo, Ohio ‐ 40 foot high granite fountain
1980              Dallas Center, Dallas, Texas ‐ 24 foot high granite
1979               Johnson Wax Co., Racine, Wisconsin ‐ 15 foot high basalt, granite intarsia
1976               Federal Office Building, Portland, Oregon ‐ 13 foot high basalt
1974               International Sculptors Symposium, Eugene, Oregon ‐ basalt group
1973               Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota ‐ 24 foot high bronze
1968               JFK Federal Office Building, Boston, Massachusetts ‐ 16 foot high bronze
1966               Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York ‐ 16 foot high bronze
1966‐1976    Bronze Doors, St. Paul’s Church, Rome, Italy ‐ 12 foot high bronze
1965               Sun Life Insurance Co., Baltimore, Maryland ‐ suspended bronze
1963               Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts ‐ 5 foot high bronze

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 “A Passionate Eye – the Weiner Family Collection”, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, Florida
2012 Fields Sculpture Park Annual Summer Exhibition, The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY  
  Circa 1963, Sert Gallery, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts  
2010 Works on Paper, Danese, New York, NY  
2009 Sculpture and Drawings, Danese, New York, NY  
2008 Small Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts  
2007 Good Form: The Goldschmidt Collection of (small scale) Sculpture, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona  
2005 Ceramic Sculpture by Anthony Caro, Paul Chaleff and Dimitri Hadzi, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland  
2004 Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts  
2003 American Masters, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts  
2002 Drawings by Sculptors for Sculpture, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia  
2001 The Modern Woodcut, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  
  Art of the 50’s, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts  
2000 Virginia Lynch: A Curatorial Retrospective, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island  
  Crosscurrents in Modern Art: A Tribute to Peter Selz, Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York  
  Modern Odysseys, Greek American Artists of the 20th Century, Queens Museum of Art, New York; Contemporary Art Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece  
  Art for the Public, Empire State Plaza Art Collection, on loan to Lincoln Center, New York  
1998 American Academy of Arts & Letters Centennial Portfolio, Pace Prints, New York  
  Begegnungen, Zeitgenoessische Porzellanplastik, Deutsches Porzellanmuseum, Hohenberg an der Eger, Germany  
  Sculpture Invitational, Provincetown Art Association, Provincetown, Massachusetts  
  Tribute to Long Point Gallery, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts  
  DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts  
1997 American Artists in Rome, Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts  
1995 Gallery Artists, Galerie Van de Loo, Munich, Germany  
  20th Century Sculpture & Sculptors’ Works on Paper, Lane Collection Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin  
1990 The Unique Print, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  
1989 New England Impressions, The Art of Printmaking, Fitchburg Art Museum, Massachusetts; Galerie Kunst im Turm, Germany  
1987 Hakone Sculpture Museum, Hakone, Japan  
1984 Bronze at Washington Square, Public Art Trust, Washington, D.C.  
1983 Works in Bronze, a Modern Survey, University of Sonoma State Gallery, Sonoma, California  
  Seven Sculptors at Harvard, Sert Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts  
1982 Europalia 1982, Brussels, Belgium  
  Sculpture: Red Grooms, Dimitri Hadzi, Reuben Nakian, Tony B. Rosenthal, H.C. Westermann, Library of the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, Massachusetts  
1980 Across the Nation, Fine Art for Federal Buildings, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1979 Art in America after World War II, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York  
1971 International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Middleheim Park, Antwerp, Holland  
1970 12 Former American Academy Artists, American Academy, Rome, Italy  
1966 Thirty Artists From Italy, Renaissance Society, The University of Chicago, organized by Galleria Schneider, Rome  
1965 American Sculpture, Musee Rodin, Paris, France Arts Festival, The White House, Washington, D.C. 126 Fruhjahrsausstellung, Kunst Verein, Hanover, Germany  
1964 World’s Fair Sculpture Exhibition, U.S. Pavilion, New York Paintings and Sculptures from the Collection of Mr. And Mrs. Ted Weiner, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas  
1963 Outdoor International Sculpture, Battersea Park, London, England  
1962 Joseph Hirshhorn Collection, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Survey of American Sculpture, Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey  
  Two Sculptors, Two Painters, U.S. Pavilion, Biennale XXXI, Venice, Italy  
1961 Annual Exhibition, The Whitney Museum, New York Pittsburgh International, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
1960 Aspects de la Sculpture Americaine, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France  
1959 Recent Sculpture USA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Los Angeles County Museum, California; City Art Museum of Saint Louis, Minnesota; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  
1958 Projects for Concentration Camp Monument, Museum of Auschwitz, Poland Outdoor International Sculpture, Sonabeek Park, Holland Biennale XXIX, Venice, Italy  
1956 Biennale XXVIII, Venice, Italy New Talent IX, The Museum of Modern Art, New York  

Hadzi Studio

Dimitri Hadzi was born on March 21, 1921 in New York, New York. Until his death in 2006, Hadzi continued to work out of his Cambridge studio with the enthusiasm, curiosity and perseverance that marked his entire artistic life of more than 50 years. The recognition he received meant a great deal to him, but nothing was ever as rewarding to this consummate artist as a lively and productive day in the studio.