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March 2020

Robert Dash spring print

Exhibition Preview for THAW FEST 2020: Robert Dash Printmaker

March 7 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

March 7, 2020 at 10:00 am 4:00 pm

The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to announce our forthcoming exhibition, Robert Dash: Printmaker, will be open to preview during the third annual THAW FEST, on Saturday March 7, 2020, with a talk by master printmaker Dan Welden at 11:00 a.m. The exhibition will then be on view in the summer studio at Madoo by appointment only through May 15th, and then open to the public during regular open hours, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m., through July 18, 2020.

In 1967, Robert Dash relocated permanently to Sagaponack to the home he christened MADOO where he devoted himself to painting, poetry and gardening. The prints in this exhibition are a continuation of his quintessential paintings of the Sagaponack landscape from the 1970s – 80s. Employing a variety of techniques including lithography, serigraphy, and pochoir, they reveal the reciprocal relationship between painting and printmaking in his work, wherein paintings begot prints whose compositions were employed in later paintings. In the “Garden” series from 1972, a collaboration with his close friend, Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Schuyler, earlier paintings became maquettes for lithographs paired with lines selected from Schuyler’s diary. And much like the continuously evolving environments composing his garden, characterized by variations and deviations upon particular themes, pochoir offered Dash the possibility of placing a singular composition into a state of flux, altering colors, shifting focal points and playing with positive and negative space. In 2006, Dash took a stack of unsigned, uneditioned serigraphs produced in 1972, gessoed over them, and created a large series of palimpsests, poetic gestures capturing the disappearing spirit of the Sagaponack once home only to farms and artists and writers. These works on paper in turn led to his final body of large paintings, Sagg Main. The prints of Robert Dash stand on their own as works of art, but just as important are the glimpses they reveal into the creative processes of a mind never at ease and always searching.

Dan Welden is a master printmaker and the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, NY. He is a pioneer of the alternative health and safety movement in printmaking and co-authored the book “Printmaking in the Sun.” He has worked with numerous artists including Willem de Kooning, Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Roy Nicholson and Dan Flavin. Welden collaborated with Robert Dash on several of the editions included in the exhibition.

THAW FEST is a Hamptons-wide arts festival organized by fellow Hamptons Arts Network (HAN) organizations to celebrate the start of spring and promote the broadly diverse range of cultural programs that make the South Fork of Long Island unique. To see further THAW FEST programming, please visit hamptonsartsnetwork.org.

Robert Dash spring print

THAW FEST 2020: Talk with Dan Welden on the Exhibition: Robert Dash Printmaker

March 7 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

March 7, 2020 at 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Join us in the summer studio at Madoo for an engaging dialogue with Dan Welden, master printmaker, and enjoy a special THAW FEST preview of the the exhibition Robert Dash: Printmaker. Dan Welden is a master printmaker and the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, NY. He is a pioneer of the alternative health and safety movement in printmaking and co-authored the book “Printmaking in the Sun.” He has worked with numerous artists including Willem de Kooning, Kiki Smith, Eric Fischl, Roy Nicholson and Dan Flavin. Welden collaborated with Robert Dash on several of the editions included in the exhibition.

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Past Events

  • Madoo in Manhattan 2019

    The 6th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
    (DE)CONSTRUCTING PARADISE
    Enzo Enea
    We were honored to welcome Enzo Enea, Swiss landscape architect and one of the world’s most prominent tree collectors to the 2019 Madoo in Manhattan. Enea received numerous gold and silver awards at the Giardina show in Basel and Zurich and in 1998 a significant certificate of merit at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. A hallmark of Enzo Enea’s projects is the fusion of outdoor and indoor spaces. In 2010, one of Enea’s most noteworthy projects, the Tree Museum, officially opened its gates to the public. Situated on breathtaking land near Upper Lake Zurich in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, the Tree Museum exhibits individual trees from the collection of Enzo Enea as well contemporary sculpture, combining landscape, botany, art, architecture, and design.
    Special thanks to our sponsors: New York Cottages & Gardens, LAFCO New York, Whitmores, Arthur Golabek Flowers, Ladurée, and The Greenwich Hotel.   Image: Private Garden in Germany © Enea Landscape Architecture
  • Florilegium

    Paintings by Robert Dash

    We are opening the season with an exhibition of Robert Dash’s Florilegium paintings, a painterly exploration of flowers in exaggerated proportions with lush coloring. Join us in the summer studio at Madoo.

    Dates: Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. through October 13, 2018

  • Madoo in Manhattan

    The 5th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
    THE DRAMATIC POTENTIAL OF LANDSCAPE
    Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

    We were honored to welcome British Landscape Architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan to this year’s Madoo in Manhattan lecture. Longstaffe-Gowan is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, Landscape Adviser to the Crown Estate Paving Commission in Regent’s Park and President, and founding member of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. Todd has taken on a range of diverse projects both in Britain and abroad, many of them have included an element of conservation. In March 2012 he and his colleague James Fox completed the redesign of Kensington Palace Gardens to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.

    Todd brings to his garden design a sense of the complexities of our relation to the past that is informed by his training and experience as an architect, landscape architect, cultural geographer and historian. He has a strong interest in the sculptural and dramatic potential of landscapes, and in the ways in which their aesthetic possibilities relate to the uses, activities and symbolic functions for which they are destined.

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