Blane De St. Croix is a sculptor who works on the landscape of climate change. In tandem with scientific researchers, and as himself an artist-researcher, he works on site, and develops art in direct response to the land itself. His working method emerges out of the history of Land Art, as well as plein-air painting practices of documenting landscapes to make them visible to new audiences. Over a series of residencies at NYU Abu Dhabi in the last year, the artist has developed two major new bodies of work, rooted in his study of the UAE’s specific landscapes and region. Part of these residencies enabled him to work closely with NYUAD faculty, and interview resident scientists. This culminated in a collaboration with Professor Joanna Settle, faculty in the theater department, on one of the newly commissioned works. For the Horizon exhibition, The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery will unveil both new bodies of work, as well as a number of other never-before-shown works. De St. Croix’s most recent exhibition is a major solo presentation at MassMOCA (US) in 2021. He is a recent recipient of the Lee Krasner Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement, as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship Award in Sculpture, and a Pollock-Krasner Award, among many other distinctions. He’s also a Fellow of both MacDowell and Yaddo.
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