Studies for a project that cannot be realized 1986-2011
November 4, 2011 – December 23, 2011
This exhibition presents 25 years of Dean Dass’ work. Dass is now known for his oil on canvas local
landscape paintings of familiar locations like the Mechums River. However, his reputation was made on
his highly innovative printmaking practices, incorporating traditional printmaking methods with unexpected
materials like Kaolin, bone, and various crushed stone. He is equally adept in various other media and has
recently focused on artists’ books, being currently represented by three different rare book dealers. He is
also represented by Schmidt/Dean Gallery in Philadelphia.
Dass’s work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Walker Art Center, as well as The Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä,
Finland, and the National Collection of Poland, Krakow
A Friend of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, with assistance from the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia.
A catalogue of the exhibition is available. Printing was made possible by a gift from the FUNd@CACF and Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville.