Madoo: A History in Photographs
Celebrating 25 Years as a Public Garden
The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Madoo: A History in Photographs, Celebrating 25 Years as a Public Garden—an exhibition of photographs, published book and magazine features, and artwork from the archives of Madoo’s founder Robert Dash, including seven pictures Dash produced directly from his garden. The exhibition is curated by Southampton-based landscape architect Perry Guillot, who lived at Madoo during the summer from 1987-1994. As Guillot describes, “the photographs show the evolution of Madoo from a remote extension of the adjacent farm fields into the ever-evolving joyful mashup of planting combinations that only Bob could explain.”
The exhibition will be open for a special THAW Fest preview on March 23 from noon to 4 p.m., by appointment, and then will be on view during Madoo’s public visiting hours beginning May 11 through July 13. This exhibition is free and open to the public.
A collection of photographs ranging from 1970 through 2018, by Robert Dash, Hans Namuth, Mick Hales, Derek Fell, Rameshwar Das, among others, reveal the notion of Madoo as gesamkunstwerk—one complete artwork that brings together Dash’s life’s work in painting, gardening, and poetry—as well as his inner circle of artist and writer friends. Early gestural botanical studies, on public view for the first time, anticipate later more abstract works such as the florilegium series, exhibited in 2017. Dash’s Fire Screen, a double-sided garden-inspired painting on an actual fire screen from the house, demonstrates a further link between the house itself and the gardens, as well as the circular nature of the piece as it later became an integral part of defining the interiors at Madoo.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a public garden, The Madoo Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of Madoo, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment.