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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 13, 2003

(Mahwah) -Hamptons landscape painter Robert Dash, whose realist paintings span four decades and incorporate what a world-renowned curator calls an underlying disquiet regardless of how alluring the subject matter,” brings a career-spanning exhibit, Robert Dash Selected Works 1961-2002 to Ramapo College’s Kresge and Pascal Galleries Wednesday, April 2 through Friday, May 9. An opening reception will be held April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Robert Storr, a former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and a professor of modern and contemporary art at New York University, described Robert Dash as a master of the fine art of making one feel not quite at home in settings that seem to encompass all the imaginable comforts of home.” According to Ramapo College Art Galleries Director Sydney Jenkins, Robert Dash Selected Works 1961-2002 is somewhat different from what we have been presenting and features 25 works that will include many so-called romantic landscapes. These are paintings and drawings that will have a wide appeal to the community.” In the exhibition catalogue description of Dash’s art, Storr notes: Flowers are the microcosm into which the same ambivalent aspects of Dash’s nature are funneled and concentrated. We are not presented with the kind of wild flowers one might find on a walk through the countryside near the artist’s Long Island studio. Quite the opposite….like mutant sunflowers, each example of which boasts its own unique variant of meaty petals and tumescent stamens, they are opportunities for a practiced painterly hand to improvise within self-imposed limitations of form.”

A longtime Hamptons resident, Dash’s works have been exhibited in one-man exhibitions in Holland, England, and Germany as well as numerous major American art galleries. He also participated in many group exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University and the Fine Arts Gallery University of Missouri. His works are also featured in museum collections including the Modern Art Museum, Munich; Guggenheim Museum; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts; and the Corcoran Gallery.

In May, a field trip to Dash’s studio and a tour of his Hamptons garden – the Madoo Conservancy – and nearby Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, is planned by Jenkins. The Kresge and Pascal Galleries are located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-5 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. For more information, call 201.684.7147 or 201.684.7202, or visit the Website: https://www.ramapo.edu/berriecenter/art-galleries/.

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Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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