September 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Fields and Fences: Paintings 1998-99, a selection of paintings by Robert Dash. The exhibition will be on view from August 9 through October 12, 2019, and is free and open to the public.
“The field was tended and cherished like any object of vertu. Unlike porcelain, however, whose pieces may be glued, the field is valueless and irreclaimable, the light of centuries of harvest snuffed.” —Robert Dash, Notes from Madoo
The paintings from the series Fields and Fences are indebted to Robert Dash’s well-known paintings from the 1960s and 70s of a now all but vanished Sagaponack landscape. The pastoral expanse pushing past fences trying in vain to divide and contain it, as seen in this 1998-99 series, is also present in one of Dash’s paintings from nearly 40 years prior. This prefiguring work, Untitled, 1961, is included in the exhibition. By the late 80s, Dash’s fields have moved beyond representation and are made not of earth but of paint. Vibrant orange and yellow, pink and red, laid down with brushstrokes alternately fluid and harsh, pushing past the now ambiguous forms (fence or phallus) carefully scrawled in dark gestural lines of charcoal. While they retain elements of their precursors and anticipate their successors, these works mark a definitive departure into the world of expressionism and abstraction.
“Of course, there are the paintings of the field, but I am not interested much in paintings of vanished landscapes, and I loathe nostalgia.” —Robert Dash, Notes from Madoo
October 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Madoo is delighted to participate in this year’s Parrish Road Show, the Parrish Art Museum’s off-site cultural engagement program. For 2019, Laurie Lambrecht will present Limn to Limb, a site-specific installation here at The Madoo Conservancy, where she will respond to Madoo’s trees, shrubs, and structural details that are typically painted in bright colors with interventions that include photography, printmaking, weaving, and knitting. Limn to Limb comprises three elements: large-scale fiber prints of tree bark, hand-knitted covers for stones, rocks, and trees, and the use of colorful twine as a decorative, contrasting element on the property. Read more about the Parrish Road Show here.
This exhibition will be on view from October 5 through November 2, with an opening reception on Saturday October 5, 3–5 pm. Free and open to the public.
Image: Laurie Lambrecht (American, born 1955), Work in progress for Parrish Road Show. Image courtesy the artist.
Madoo in Manhattan 2019The 6th annual Robert Dash Garden Design Lecture
Enzo EneaWe 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.
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
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.