Robert Dash 1934 —
Dash never formally studied painting, he developed a strong interest in the abstract expressionists, particularly De Kooning, at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, which he attended in part to escape the city. After college Robert Dash spent a year in Italy and upon returning to New York City worked for Arts and then Art News, while painting at night. He had his first show in 1960. Since then, he has painted, written and gardened near Sagg Pond on eastern Long Island, at residence among the changeable celebration of plantings, paths, views and architectural expressions of Madoo, a much-admired garden conservatory of his own making.
A longtime Hamptons resident, Dash’s works have been exhibited in one-man exhibitions in Holland, England, and Germany as well as numerous major American art galleries. He also participated in many group exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University and the Fine Arts Gallery University of Missouri. His works are also featured in museum collections including the Butler Institute; University Art Museum – University of Califormial; Corcoran Gallery;; Modern Art Museum, Munich; Guggenheim Museum; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts; and Yale University Art Museum;
Paul Cummings interviewing painter Robert Dash: What Abstract Expressionist painters interested you?
Interview with Robert Dash on September 22, 1974 by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Robert Dash: Oh, de Kooning. He was the one that taught me that paint does everything, and paint is art, the wielding of it, the manipulation of it; what it does. And paint is your deciding factor. I don't think anybody else interested me. At times I was moderately interested but the interest did not stick. De Kooning is always satisfying even when the painting may be weak. There is always such a hand involved and in such a weighty, theoretic manner, that he has always intoxicated me. It is like, oh, I don't know, the opera singer who is quintessentially the singer's singer or something like that. I don't know, even when they are speaking it is interesting. It doesn't matter what they are singing or what they are saying.
Paul Cummings: One can't look at your paintings and say that you are influenced by de Kooning.
Robert Dash: No, but I was, and I tried it. It was a difficult act to follow.
Robert Dash is known for his Hamptons paintings. Dash ‘s painterly sensuality is purely American. It is clear and direct, recording the commonplace. Never at a loss for subject matter among the fields and hedgerows of the Hamptons, Robert Dash has long been associated with a with a sensual realm over the merely intellectual, favoring the “ultimate reality” of immediate physical experience.
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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Kornblee Gallery NY (annual exhibitions),
Fischbach Gallery NY,
Hirschl & Adler - NY,
Crane Kalman Gallery - London;
Modern Art Museum - Munich;
The Parrish Art Museum - Southampton, New York;
The Allentown Art Museum - Allentown, Pennsylvania;
Guild Hall - East Hampton, New York;
Hermitage Arts - Amsterdam, Holland
Vered Gallery, East Hampton NY
SELECTED MUSEUM GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Yale University Art Museum
Museum of Modern Art
American Federation of the Arts
Norfolk Museum of Arts
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum
American Academy of Arts and Letters
The DeCordova Museum
Knox Albright Museum
Fine Arts Gallery, University of Missouri
SELECTED CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
The Bank of New York
Chase Manhattan Bank
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