Michael Ashkin: Artist Lecture

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A black and white photo of a white sign with black paint in the middle of a dry field with sparse grass. In the background is a low building, partially obscured by shrubs, with palm trees and a distant hill rising up in the back.

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Michael Ashkin is interested in the historical and aesthetic factors that shape notions of space. He has worked in sculpture, installation, photography, text, video, and painting. After receiving a B.A. in Middle East Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures, he worked for eight years in the financial world before becoming an artist. He received an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. His work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial (1997), Greater New York (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), Vienna Secession (2009), IVAM in Valencia, Spain, MUDAM in Luxembourg, Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Siegen, Kolumba in Köln, The Carnegie Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Kunstvereins in Dusseldorf and Heidelberg, as well as numerous commercial and not-for-profit galleries and venues. Since taking a turn toward photography in 2014, he has published four photobooks: Long Branch in 2014, Horizont in 2018, were it not for in 2019, and There will be two of you in 2023. He has been awarded one NYFA Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants.

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