August 9, 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.
Image: Robert Dash, Untitled (Fields and Furrows I), 1998/99, oil on linen, 60 x 45 in
August 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to collaborate with our friends at The Perlman Music Program, as both institutions celebrate 25th anniversaries, with an off-site Robert Dash exhibition on view during PMP’s Stires-Stark Alumni Recital Series on August 16, 17, 30 and 31, 2019, at 73 Shore Road, Shelter Island Heights, New York, 11965.
In October 1971, Robert Dash completed six paintings of his home and gardens at Madoo that would become maquettes for Garden magazine. Lines were chosen from the diary of his close friend James Schuyler, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The following year the suite of six lithographs was printed by Yann Samson at Shorewood Atelier in New York City in two editions of 65, one in black and white and one in color. This lithographic series and others are available for sale through The Madoo Conservancy and at madoo.org.
Robert Dash remains an iconic figure, a seminal representative of the Hamptons’ rich history of artistic independence and fervor. As emissary of the urbane bucolic, his presence, intentionally or not, was and is as ward of an Edenic Sagaponack, its physical, artistic, and intellectual landscape now compromised. Brash yet philosophical, both loved and maligned, Dash’s every action was imbued with artistic intent, every relationship dependent upon intellectual and visceral pleasure or dismissed unforgivingly. Dash’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous major American art collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts; the Corcoran Gallery; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and the Parrish Art Museum. His archive of poetry and garden writings was acquired by the Beinecke Library at Yale University in 2011.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a public garden in 2019, The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of Madoo, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.
Founded in 1994 by Toby Perlman, The Perlman Music Program welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. Through intensive summer programs, year-round mentoring, and on occasion, an international study or performance tour, the program offers unparalleled musical training for students ages 12 and up, who play the violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. With a faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the Program offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students’ lives forever. The Perlman Music Program seeks to ensure that the very best musicians can take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of their economic background or financial means.
Image: Robert Dash, lithograph from Garden portfolio, 1971. Lines by James Schuyler. Printed on Arches paper, edition of 65.
Madoo A History in Photographs (May - August 2019)
Madoo: A History in Photographs, Celebrating 25 Years as a Public Garden is an exhibition of photographs, published book and magazine features, and artwork from the archives of Madoo’s founder Robert Dash, including seven pictures Dash produced directly from his garden. The exhibition is curated by Southampton-based landscape architect Perry Guillot, who lived at Madoo during the summer from 1987-1994. As Guillot describes, “the photographs show the evolution of Madoo from a remote extension of the adjacent farm fields into the ever-evolving joyful mashup of planting combinations that only Bob could explain.”
A collection of photographs ranging from 1970 through 2018, by Robert Dash, Hans Namuth, Mick Hales, Derek Fell, Rameshwar Das, among others, reveal the notion of Madoo as gesamkunstwerk—one complete artwork that brings together Dash’s life’s work in painting, gardening, and poetry—as well as his inner circle of artist and writer friends. Early gestural botanical studies, on public view for the first time, anticipate later more abstract works such as the florilegium series, exhibited in 2017. Dash’s Fire Screen, a double-sided garden-inspired painting on an actual fire screen from the house, demonstrates a further link between the house itself and the gardens, as well as the circular nature of the piece as it later became an integral part of defining the interiors at Madoo.
Florilegium: Paintings by Robert Dash (2018)
An exhibition of Robert Dash’s Florilegium paintings, a painterly exploration of flowers in exaggerated proportions with lush coloring.
Not Nature: Laurie Lambrecht, Steve Miller, and Darius Yektai (2018)
Not Nature, a group exhibition with East End-based artists Laurie Lambrecht, Steve Miller and Darius Yektai, will be on view through December 22, 2018, on Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.. This is our second annual artist-curated fall exhibition.
Each artist featured in Not Nature reveals their own profound connection to our environment, as land, sea and air are absorbed through the senses and materialized as their art form. While nature remains the source and essence of their work, artists Lambrecht, Miller, and Yektai have taken their own various departures from naturalistic representation. We look forward to welcoming this exhibition of local artists in our Summer Studio, the original studio of Madoo’s founder, Robert Dash.
Touch the Earth (2017)
Touch The Earth, an exhibition curated by April Gornik, features works from Robert Dash, Michele Oka Doner, and Toni Ross.