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Dore Ashton (May 21, 1928 – January 30, 2017) was a writer, professor and critic on modern and contemporary art. She was born in Newark, New Jersey.[1][2] She was the author or editor of more than thirty books on art, including Noguchi East and West, About Rothko, American Art Since 1945, The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning[3] and Picasso On Art.[4] Ashton also contributed to many publications including Art Digest and worked as an art critic at the New York Times.[5][6] Ashton was one of the New York art critics who championed the New York School, whose members also included Harold Rosenberg and Barbara Rose.[7] Ashton's 1983 work on Mark Rothko, About Rothko, remains a source of much discussion about the artist.[8] Ashton's most recent book, David Rankin: The New York Years, on artist David Rankin was released in July 2013.[9]

Ashton received numerous awards, including Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships in 1963 and 1969,[10] the Frank J. Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association in 1963 and a Ford Foundation Award in 1965.[4] Ashton was a professor of art history at the Cooper Union in New York and a senior critic in painting and printmaking at Yale.[2][11] Ashton received an M.A. from Harvard University.

Ashton died on January 30, 2017 at the age of 88 in the Bronx, New York City, New York.[12]


  • Noguchi East and West[13]
  • Abstract Expressionist Painting in America. Harvard University Press
  • The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning
  • A Joseph Cornell Album
  • The Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors [14]
  • About Rothko. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
  • David Rankin: The New York Years: Macmillan, 2013
  • Picasso on Art
  • A Fable of Modern Art'
  • Out of the whirlwind: Three decades of arts commentary
  • A Critical Study of Philip Guston
  • A Reading of Modern Art. Cleveland: Press of Case Western Reserve University
  • The Unknown Shore: A View of Contemporary Art


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