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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]


  • The Unknown Shore: A View of Contemporary Art. Little, Brown, 1962.
  • A Reading of Modern Art. Case Western Reserve University Press, 1970.
  • Rosa Bonheur: A Life and a Legend. The Viking Press, 1981.
  • Abstract Expressionist Painting in America. Harvard University Press, 1983.
  • Out of the Whirlwind: Three Decades of Arts Commentary. UMI Research Press, 1987.
  • Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views. Da Capo Press, 1988.
  • A Critical Study of Philip Guston. University of California Press, 1990.
  • A Fable of Modern Art. University of California Press, 1991.
  • The New York School: A Cultural Reckoning. University of California Press, 1992.
  • Noguchi East and West. University of California Press, 1993.[13]
  • About Rothko. Da Capo Press, 1996.
  • A Joseph Cornell Album. Da Capo Press, 2002.
  • David Rankin: The New York Years. Macmillan Art Publishing, 2013.


  1. ^ Gaster, Adrian (10 November 1977). "The International Authors and Writers Who's who". International Biographical Centre – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "Dore Ashton,Cooper Union". Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  3. ^ "NY School Review".
  4. ^ a b "Dictionary of Art Historians".
  5. ^ "Interview with Ashton".
  6. ^ "Dore Ashton Papers and Ashton New York Times".
  7. ^ "Art forum Ashton and Rose".
  8. ^ "Ashton on Rothko".
  9. ^ Ashton, Dore (4 July 2013). "David Rankin: The New York Years". Macmillan Art Publishing – via Amazon.
  10. ^ "Dore Ashton Guggenheim Fellow". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01.
  11. ^ "Dore Ashton, Yale".
  12. ^ "Dore Ashton (1928–2017)". Art Forum. Artforum International Magazine. 2 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Noguchi East and West".

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