Michael Asher (1943–2012)
October 16, 2012 10:38 AM Subscribe
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"Michael devoted his work to exploring the limits of the galleries and schools and museums that give context and space for art, poking at all sorts of barriers and shibboleths with a humor that was sometimes sly, and sometimes hilarious. He removed walls and doors and windows from galleries and museum spaces, letting in daylight and air, letting out preconceptions.
Pioneering conceptual artist Michael Asher dies at 69
Asher was a longtime faculty member at California Institute of the Arts
. A former student, recalling one the artist's legendary critiques: "I pinned up approximately 4 or 5 wall pieces I was working on […] I was ready to discuss, in detail, my thought process behind each piece and the project as a whole. Michael walked in, I shook his hand, and I began pontificating on the meaning of my work. He stared at me, and after a moment of silence, I asked him what he thought. 'Today, we are only going to talk about the grommets
Roberta Smith at the New York Times reviews
Asher's 2008 exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art
, for which he reinstalled the wooden and metal studs of every temporary wall built during the museum's ten years at the location. James Rondeau at Frieze discusses
the exhibition and Asher's 40-year practice in greater depth.