Saturday, January 3, 2009

Michael Asher

Michael Asher (born 1943 in Los Angeles, California) is a conceptual artist, described by The New York Times as "among the patron saints of the Conceptual Art phylum known as institutional critique, an often esoteric dissection of the assumptions that govern how we perceive art." Rather than designing new art objects, Asher typically alters the existing environment, by repositioning or removing artworks, walls, facades, etc.

Asher's work initially consisted of dividing up gallery spaces using partition walls and curtains, and designing environments that reflected or absorbed sound. His untitled 1991 work featuring a granite drinking fountain juxtaposed with a flag pole was his first permanent public outdoor work in the United States. It is part of the Stuart Collection of public art on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.

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