Dash Snow

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Dash Snow
Dash Snow.jpg
Born (1981-07-27)July 27, 1981[1]
New York City
Died July 13, 2009(2009-07-13) (aged 27)
New York City
Nationality American
Known for Photography
Movement Graffiti

Dashiell "Dash" Snow (July 27, 1981 – July 13, 2009)[1][2][3] was an American artist, based in New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Dashiell A. Snow was born in 1981, to Taya Thurman and Christopher Snow. He was a great-grandson of Dominique de Menil and John de Menil, French aristocrats who were heirs to fortunes based in textiles and oil-drilling equipment (see Schlumberger) and founders of Houston's Menil Collection.[4] His maternal grandfather was Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, father of actress Uma Thurman, and his maternal grandmother was set and costume designer Marie-Christophe de Menil. He had a brother named Maxwell and a sister named Caroline.[citation needed] He was rebellious as a child and, at 13,[1] was sent to the Hidden Lake Academy in Georgia, a residential treatment center specializing in the treatment of children with oppositional defiant disorder.[5] He did not graduate from high school.[5]


Snow began taking photographs as a teenager, he said, as a record of places he might not remember the next day.[6]

In 2006, he was included in the Wall Street Journal article titled "The 23-Year Old Masters", which profiled 10 emerging US artists including Rosson Crow, Ryan Trecartin, Zane Lewis, Barney Kulok, Jordan Wolfson, Rashawn Griffin and Keegan McHargue.[7]

Like photographers Nan Goldin, Larry Clark and Ryan McGinley his photos depict scenes of a sex, drug-taking, violence and art-world pretense with candor, documenting the decadent lifestyle of a group of young New York City artists and their social circle.

Some of Snow's later collage-based work was characterized by his practice of using his own semen as a material applied to or splashed across newspaper photographs of police officers and other authority figures.



Snow's work is held in the following public collections:

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 18, Snow married Corsican-born artist Agathe Snow.[4] They later split up and divorced. In July 2007, Dash's then-girlfriend, photo magazine editor Jade Berreau, gave birth to their daughter, whom they named Secret Midnight Magic Nico.


Snow died on the evening of July 13, 2009, at Lafayette House, a hotel in lower Manhattan.[2] His grandmother Marie-Christophe de Menil was quoted as saying that he died of a drug overdose.[3] A New York Times article commented that Snow "met a junkie’s end but did so in a $325-a-night hotel room with an antique marble hearth."[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Dash Snow - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. July 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ a b Roberta Smith, "Dash Snow, New York Artist, Dies at 27", New York Times, July 14, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Roberta Smith,"Dash Snow, East Village Artistic Rebel, Dies at 27", New York Times, July 15, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Chasing Artist and Downtown Legend Dash Snow". New York Magazine. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  5. ^ a b Sean O'Hagan, The last days of Dash Snow, The Observer, Sunday 20 September 2009.
  6. ^ Micchelli, Thomas (2006-10-15). "Dash Snow". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  7. ^ Crow, Kelly (2006-04-17). "The 23-Year Old Masters". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  8. ^ Francesca Gavin, Dash Snow: An art icon for our times?, The Guardian, 2009-07-15
  9. ^ White House Biennial, Artists, 2013
  10. ^ "All artists in the collection: As of October 2015", Whitney Museum of American Art
  11. ^ Patrick Amsellem, Dash Snow, Brooklyn Museum, 2009-05-22
  12. ^ Alan Feuer and Allen Salkin (July 24, 2009). "Terrible End for an Enfant Terrible". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 

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