Dash Snow

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

Dashiell "Dash" Snow (July 27, 1981 – July 13, 2009)[1][2][3] 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 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. 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 a had 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 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]

Career[edit]

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] 2005 was his first solo art exhibition and he was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.[5] He was a member of the IRAK graffiti crew in the 1990s and had his own “SACE” tag.[10][11]

In 2006, Snow 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.[12]

He was close friends with artist Dan Colen, with whom he created the well-known 2007 installation of shredded phone books in Jeffrey Deitch’s SoHo gallery, called 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.[14]

Exhibitions[edit]

Collections[edit]

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.[7] 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.[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] A 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."[22] 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, in order to "preserve his (Snow's) legacy" and copyright.[10][11]

References[edit]

  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", 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 Francesca Gavin, Dash Snow: An art icon for our times?, The Guardian, 2009-07-15
  5. ^ a b c d e Feuer, Alan; Salkin, Allen (2009-07-24). "Death and Life of Dash Snow, Artist, Addict and Provocateur". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Haven. "Christophe de Menil: Blithe Spirit". W Magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  7. ^ a b "Chasing Artist and Downtown Legend Dash Snow". New York Magazine. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  8. ^ a b Sean O'Hagan, The last days of Dash Snow, The Observer, Sunday 20 September 2009.
  9. ^ Micchelli, Thomas (2006-10-15). "Dash Snow". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  10. ^ a b "Dash Snow's Estate to Sue McDonald's for Using His "SACE" Artwork Throughout Europe & Asia". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  11. ^ a b "Dash Snow's Estate Sues McDonald's for Copyright Infringement". Hyperallergic. 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  12. ^ Crow, Kelly (2006-04-17). "The 23-Year Old Masters". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-09.
  13. ^ "Dan Colen - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  14. ^ Gavin, Francesca (2009-07-15). "Dash Snow: An art icon for our times?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  15. ^ Merjian, Ara H. (2008). ""Babylon: Myth and Truth" at Pergamon Museum". Artforum.com. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  16. ^ "WHB". open-case-303. 2013. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  17. ^ "Exhibitions". White House Biennial. 2013. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  18. ^ "All artists in the collection: As of October 2015" Archived 2016-03-17 at the Wayback Machine., Whitney Museum of American Art
  19. ^ Patrick Amsellem, Dash Snow, Brooklyn Museum, 2009-05-22
  20. ^ Alexandra Peers, "Dash Snow Piece Pulled From Auction", Vulture.com, 17 July 2009. Accessed 7 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Piece Wont Go to Bid", Blouinartinfo, 20 July 2009. Accessed 7 December 2017.
  22. ^ 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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