New York

Robert Dash

ACA Galleries

THROUGHOUT THE '60S AND '70S, Robert Dash was a fixture on the New York gallery scene. His landscapes, like those of Fairfield Porter, managed to wed freely moving paint-as-paint with straightforward description. But his last show in the city was in 1982, and somehow one imagined that he might have stopped painting, seduced by his works and days in Madoo, his garden in Sagaponack, New York (now a public conservancy). Happily, “Florilegium,” an exhibition of eight paintings on canvas and fourteen on paper, showed that Dash has done more than just continue to paint—he's developed his work in unexpected ways.

The new paintings, which recall the balky intensity of early American modernists like Dove and Hartley and hint at the wildness of a German like Nolde, but with a funky touch that's closer to Terry Winters, are close-up views of flowers against nonspecific backgrounds—variations

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