Dore Ashton (born in 1928, Newark, New Jersey) is a writer, professor and critic of modern and contemporary art. She is the author or editor of more than thirty books on art, including Noguchi East and West, About Rothko, American Art Since 1945, The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning and Picasso On Art. Ashton has also contributed to many publications including Art Digest and worked as an art critic at the New York Times. Ashton was one of the New York art critics who championed the New York School, whose members also included Harold Rosenberg and Barbara Rose. Ashton's 1983 work on Mark Rothko, About Rothko, remains a source of much discussion about the artist. Ashton's most recent book, David Rankin: The New York Years, on artist David Rankin is was released in July of 2013.
Ashton has received numerous awards, including Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in 1963 and 1969, the Frank J. Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association in 1963 and a Ford Foundation Award in 1965. Ashton is a professor of art history at the Cooper Union in New York and a senior critic in painting and printmaking at Yale. Ashton received an M.A. from Harvard University.
- Noguchi East and West
- Abstract Expressionist Painting in America: Harvard University Press
- The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning
- A Joseph Cornell Album
- The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors
- About Rothko. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
- David Rankin: The New York Years: Macmillan, 2013
- Picasso On Art
- A Fable of Modern Art
- Out of the whirlwind: Three decades of arts commentary
- A Critical Study of Philip Guston
- A Reading of Modern Art. Cleveland: Press of Case Western Reserve University
- The Unknown Shore: A View of Contemporary Art