Dash Snow

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Dash Snow
Dash Snow.jpg
Born(1981-07-27)July 27, 1981[1]
DiedJuly 13, 2009(2009-07-13) (aged 27)
New York City, U.S.
Known for
(m. 2000, divorced)

Dashiell A. Snow (July 27, 1981 – July 13, 2009)[1][2][3] better known by the name Dash Snow, was an American artist, based in New York City. He is a descendant of the de Menil family, known for their philanthropy and collection of American art. Snow's photographs depict scenes of 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.[4] His artist friends often depicted in his work included Dan Colen, Ryan McGinley, Terence Koh and Dash's ex-wife Agathe Snow.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Dashiell A. Snow was born in 1981, to Taya Thurman and musician Christopher Snow and grew up on the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York City.[5] He had a brother named Maxwell and a sister named Caroline.[5] His maternal grandfather was Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, father of actress Uma Thurman. His maternal grandmother was an art world fixture and set and costume designer Marie-Christophe de Menil.[6] 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 (from the Schlumberger oil dynasty) and founders of Houston's Menil Collection.[7]

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.[8] He did not graduate from high school.[8]


Snow began taking photographs as a teenager, he said, as a record of places he might not remember the next day, mostly due to hard partying.[9] He was a member of the IRAK graffiti crew in the 1990s and used the tag "SACE/SACER".[4][10][11]

In 2005, he had his first solo art exhibition and was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.[5]

In 2006, Snow was included in The Wall Street Journal article titled "The 23-Year Old Masters", which profiled 10 emerging U.S. artists, including Rosson Crow, Ryan Trecartin, Zane Lewis, Barney Kulok, Jordan Wolfson, and Keegan McHargue.[12]

He was close friends with artist Dan Colen, with whom he created a 2007 installation of shredded phone books in Jeffrey Deitch's SoHo gallery, named Nest or Hamster Nest.[5][13]

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.[4]



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

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 18, Snow married Corsican-born artist Agathe Aparru.[7] They later divorced. In July 2007, Dash's girlfriend, photo magazine editor Jade Berreau, gave birth to their daughter, whom they named Secret Midnight Magic Nico.[6]

Death and legacy[edit]

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] The 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."[21] He was cremated in New Jersey.

In 2016, Snow's estate sued McDonald's with a request to remove the tag "SACE" from the graffiti-themed interior design used in the European market to "preserve his (Snow's) legacy" and copyright.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Dash Snow - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Roberta Smith, "Dash Snow, New York Artist, Dies at 27", The New York Times, July 14, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Roberta Smith,"Dash Snow, East Village Artistic Rebel, Dies at 27", The New York Times, July 15, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gavin, Francesca (July 15, 2009). "Dash Snow: An art icon for our times?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Feuer, Alan; Salkin, Allen (July 24, 2009). "Death and Life of Dash Snow, Artist, Addict and Provocateur". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Haven. "Christophe de Menil: Blithe Spirit". W Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Chasing Artist and Downtown Legend Dash Snow". New York Magazine. January 15, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  8. ^ a b Sean O'Hagan, The last days of Dash Snow, The Observer, September 20, 2009.
  9. ^ Micchelli, Thomas (October 15, 2006). "Dash Snow". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Dash Snow's Estate to Sue McDonald's for Using His "SACE" Artwork Throughout Europe & Asia". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Dash Snow's Estate Sues McDonald's for Copyright Infringement". Hyperallergic. October 5, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Crow, Kelly (April 17, 2006). "The 23-Year Old Masters". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  13. ^ "Dan Colen - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. August 17, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Merjian, Ara H. (2008). ""Babylon: Myth and Truth" at Pergamon Museum". Artforum.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "WHB". open-case-303. 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  16. ^ "Exhibitions". White House Biennial. 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "All artists in the collection: As of October 2015" Archived March 17, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Whitney Museum of American Art.
  18. ^ Patrick Amsellem, Dash Snow, Brooklyn Museum, May 22, 2009.
  19. ^ Alexandra Peers, "Dash Snow Piece Pulled From Auction", Vulture.com, July 17, 2009. Accessed December 7, 2017.
  20. ^ "Piece Wont Go to Bid", Blouinartinfo, July 20, 2009. Accessed December 7, 2017.
  21. ^ Alan Feuer and Allen Salkin (July 24, 2009). "Terrible End for an Enfant Terrible". The New York Times. Retrieved July 27, 2009.

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