Dominique and John de Menil (great grandparents) / Maxwell Snow (great grandson)
What do you get when your great grandparents are French aristocrats who were heirs to fortunes based in textiles and oil drilling equipment and founded the groundbreaking Menil Collection in Houston; a revolutionary museum designed by Renzo Piano to house their collection of over 15,000 works of art from Magritte, Ernst, Man Ray, Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko and more? Three things. 1) Celebrity relations via Uma Thurman. 2) A chance to date an Olsen twin (Mary-Kate). 3) A flourishing but artistically underwhelming art career; minimum effort, maximum output. Maxwell Snow, brother of artist Dash Snow (1981-2009) is the great grandson of the de Menil’s and an artist. He made a name for himself in 2006 when he first stepped out with Mary-Kate Olsen, and artistically in June 2008 at the now defunct New York City gallery, Moeller Snow, which he owned with his cousin by marriage, Karline Moeller. Nothing like throwing yourself a party… Since then he has been showing his installations and photographs at various galleries in New York, Russia, Amsterdam, and Berlin while appearance wise, slowly morphing into his brother Dash. His 2010 show at The Johnson Trading Gallery, was entitled, Jesus Is Showing Me Amazing Things. Unfortunately, the show and Snow has yet to show me anything amazing.