The Artist’s Circle:

Selections from the Robert Dash Collection

Alex Katz, Robert Dash, ca. 1958, Oil on canvas mounted to shaped wood, 14” x 6.5” x 3.5”


The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present The Artist’s Circle: Selections from the Robert Dash Collection, curated by Eric Brown. The exhibition will be on view from April 9 through May 21.


“The place must have been a conservator’s nightmare. It was also a young poet’s paradise. The intimate presentations took the piety out of art, an effect of genius that made art seem as instinctive as breathing and as necessary.”

– Douglas Crase


His collection of art is similarly nurtured and intimate comprising mostly paintings and works on paper by friends and colleagues. Dash lived with the collection, artworks hung throughout the house, in dialogue with one another and with the artist’s own work. These objects stimulated and nourished his creativity, finding a place among his books, furniture, rugs, piano, and autographed manuscript pages from poet friends James Schuyler, Gerrit Henry, Peter Schjeldahl and John Ashbery. The collection, like Madoo itself, has a story to tell. Exhibited for the first time, this grouping of works is about connection, friendship, and the vibrant artist community of the East End of Long Island that sprouted in the 1950s. Along with Dash, many of the artists, including Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Fairfield Porter, and Jane Freilicher were at the center of a fertile and creative community.

Accompanying the exhibition is an essay by Dash’s friend and frequent guest at Madoo, writer and poet Douglas Crase, illuminating the vigor and vitality of Dash’s world.

Photo: Gary Mamay


Robert Dash, Madoo, 1971, Acrylic on linen, 72” x 108”


The Madoo Conservancy is delighted to announce that we have been inducted into the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We are honored to be included in this prestigious group of fifty-five sites nation-wide that represent the rich diversity of our artistic legacy and provide a site-specific depiction of art history.

“These sites preserve the complex stories of a wide array of artists, whose working methods, chosen media and personal narratives often included social activism and beautifully illustrate the sheer diversity of human expression through the universal language of art,” said HAHS Senior Program Manager, Valerie Balint. “We are delighted to have them join this peer group of dynamic and innovative sites throughout the country.”

Photo: Gary Mamey



We’re delighted to announce the return of everyone’s favorite party, Much Ado About Madoo! Celebrating our 10th year, the garden market and cocktail party will be held on Saturday, June 18. We’re looking forward to welcoming back many of our cherished vendors and several new ones, and we certainly hope to see you there. Stay tuned for more information.


For sponsorship information please email


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. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.



The Madoo Conservancy

362 Sagg Main Street
PO Box 1362

Sagaponack, New York 11962



AAQ / Resource: space(s) Landscape Architecture