July 27, 1981|
|Died||July 13, 2009
Early life and education
Dashiell A. Snow was born in 1981, the son of Taya Thurman and Christopher Snow. He was also a great-grandson of the founders of the Menil Collection in Houston, Dominique de Menil and John de Menil, French aristocrats who were heirs to fortunes based in textiles and oil-drilling equipment (see Schlumberger). His maternal grandfather was Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman, father of actress Uma Thurman while his maternal grandmother was set and costume designer Marie-Christophe de Menil. He had a brother named Maxwell and a sister named Caroline. As a child he was rebellious, and at 13 was sent to the Hidden Lake Academy in Georgia, a residential treatment center specializing in the treatment of children with oppositional defiant disorder. He did not graduate from high school.
Snow began taking photographs as a teenager, he said, as a record of places he might not remember the next day.
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.
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.
Exhibitions and collections
Snow exhibited in galleries and museums such as the Royal Academy in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2006 Bienniale, Peres Projects, Contemporary Fine Arts, Deitch Projects, Saatchi Gallery, "Babylon" at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, Statens Museum for Kunst in Denmark, White House Biennial in Athens. He is represented by Peres Projects in Berlin and Los Angeles, and Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. His works are held in the collections of Charles Saatchi, Anita Zabludowicz, and Dakis Joannou, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
At the age of 18, Snow married Corsican-born artist Agathe Snow. 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. His grandmother Marie-Christophe de Menil was quoted as saying that he died of a drug overdose. 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."
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- White House Biennial, Artists, 2013
- Francesca Gavin, Dash Snow: An art icon for our times?, The Guardian, 2009-07-15
- Patrick Amsellem, Dash Snow, Brooklyn Museum, 2009-05-22
- Alan Feuer and Allen Salkin (July 24, 2009). "Terrible End for an Enfant Terrible". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Ariel Levy, "Chasing Dash Snow", New York Magazine, 2007-11-25
- Holland Cotter, "Art in Review; Dash Snow", The New York Times, 2006-10-13
- Dash Snow Interview in Interview magazine
- Denis Kovalev, "Dash Snow", Sgustok Magazine, 2010-01-16
- Peres Projects, Berlin Los Angeles
- Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
- Alan Feuer and Allen Salkin "Terrible End for an Enfant Terrible" The New York Times / N.Y. Region, 2009-07-24
- Gradient Magazine
- Dash Snow Appearing in Graf Core 2000