Dike Blair

Dike Blair (born 1952) is a New York-based artist, writer and teacher. His art consists of two parallel bodies of work: intimate, photorealistic paintings and installation-like sculptures assembled from common objects—often exhibited together—which inspect overlooked and unspecified phenomena of daily existence in both a admiring and ironic manner. Blair emerged out of the late 1970s New York art scene, and his play a role relates to concurrent movements such as the Pictures Generation, Minimalism and conceptual art, while remaining sure from and tangential to them. New York Times critic Roberta Smith places his sculpture in a "blurred category" crossing "Carl Andre considering ikebana, formalist ejection with slick anonymous hotel rooms, talk-show sets with home furnishings showrooms." Cameron Martin writes in Artforum that the paintings are "rendered afterward a lucidity that extracts something metaphysical from the mundane."

Blair's feat has been shown at the Whitney Museum, Secession (Vienna), Weatherspoon Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and Centre Pompidou; it belongs to the collections of the Whitney, Brooklyn Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. He traditional a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2010. He lives in New York bearing in mind his wife, costume designer Marie Abma.

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