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Michael Asher, the artist who kept the Whitney open, has died

Los Angeles artist known for original approach to teaching and museum hours

Michael Asher

The Los Angeles artist Michael Asher, known for his criticism of art institutions, died on Sunday (14 October) after a long illness, aged 69. His project for the 2010 Whitney Biennial involved having the museum remain open 24 hours a day for one week (although this was shorten to three days by the museum due to “budgetary and human resources limitations”). His biennial project received the institution’s $100,000 Bucksbaum Award.

Asher taught at CalArts from the 1970s, his “post-studio art” course offering intensive group critiques on individual works and according to the online magazine East of Borneo: “He extended class hours beyond all reasonable expectations to allow his students to dig deep within themselves and find their true motivation.”

Asher was born in Los Angeles and was the son of the gallerists Betty and Leonard Asher.

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