Emerging artist Dash Snow died Monday night at Lafayette House, a hotel in lower Manhattan, of a drug overdose. A member of the prominent de Menil family, which includes art collector and philanthropist Christophe de Menil and Dia Art Foundation founder Phillipe de Menil, Snow ran away from home at 13 and eventually developed a celebrity status of his own within the downtown art scene. Snow married artist Agathe Snow in 1999, and is survived by his two-year-old daughter with model Jade Berreau, Secret Magic Nico Snow. The New York Times reported that according to his grandmother, Christophe de Menil, Snow began rehabilitation in March and had, until very recently, not been using drugs.
Snow gained notoriety after being featured in the New York Magazine article “Warhol’s Children” by Ariel Levy in January 2007, a profile that now uniquely reads as his impending obituary. His friends spoke candidly about their fear of losing Snow to the perils of his lifestyle. Famed photographer Ryan McGinley catalogued not only his own work, but also that of Dash: “You never know what’s going to happen with Dash,” he told Levy.
Never confining himself to a single medium, Snow’s Polaroids, installation art, and ejaculate-splattered press clippings are each distinctly expressive. The self-taught artist exhibited a natural talent for compositional arrangement and color balance that produced gritty and visceral documentation of his life.
Ultimately, it also serves as a sad marker of that life's short trajectory. “When it comes down to it, Dash is wild, a wild kid,” McGinley told Levy in the New York article. “...[F]or me, it’s always sort of about creating a fantasy. It’s, like, the life I wish that I was living. For Dash, it’s really the life.”
Dash Snow’s art has been shown at Deitch Projects, Rivington Arms, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and was recently acquired by the Brooklyn Museum. His work is currently featured in “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. He was represented by Peres Projects and Contemporary Fine Arts