RIP Artist Michael Asher, Pioneer of Institutional Critique

On Sunday night the Los Angeles artist Michael Asher died in his sleep following a long illness, East of Borneo reports. A tireless practitioner of institutional critique — for his Bucksbaum Award-winning contribution to the 2010 Whitney Biennial Asher proposed that the museum stay open 24 hours a day for an entire week, though the project was shortened to two days due to budgetary and staffing concerns — he had also taught at the California Institute of the Arts since the 1970s.

Similarly ambitious Asher projects included rebuilding ten years worth of temporary walls for his labyrinthine exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2008, an installation in a trailer that he kept moving around Münster for the duration of the city’s Skulptur Projekt 07, and a published record that he kept of every artwork ever deaccessioned by MoMA.

— Benjamin Sutton