Michael Ashkin

Michael Ashkin is an artist working in sculpture and photography. His work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial, Greater New York, Documenta 11, Vienna Secession, MUDAM in Luxembourg, Artsonje Center in Seoul, and Kolumba in Köln. Ashkin has published five photobooks: Garden State (Workroom G in 2000), Long Branch (A-Jump Books in 2014), Horizont (TIS Books in 2018), were it not for (Fw:Books in 2019), and There will be two of you (Fw:Books in 2023). He has been awarded two Pollock–Krasner Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  He has taught at Cornell University since 2006.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Installation art
  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Landscape architecture
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Visual representation

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 4003 Thesis IThis course continues the independent studio research and production of the Advanced Practice course to prepare students for ART 4004 - Thesis II. During Thesis I, students begin to research, develop, and clarify their thesis proposals through dialogues, readings, and critiques with members of the Core Thesis Faculty. Emphasis is on deepening awareness of the intention and reading of the work and situating individual interests within and against historical, theoretical, and conceptual contexts.
  • ART 4004 Thesis IIThis course is the final B.F.A. studio semester in which students develop and present an independent body of work that may take the form of an exhibition or some other project. Students will work with members of the Core Thesis Faculty to define and refine the positions formulated within each work and to foster the ability to speak about one's own work as well as the work of others. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies of productive self-criticality to inform their work both during and beyond the thesis semester.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • MacDowell Colony Residency Fellowship (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Yaddo Residency Fellowship (2013, 2015)
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1997, 2012)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Kaktos Project, Athens, Greece (2020)
  • Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, (2002)
  • Session, Vienna, Austria (2009)
  • Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC (1998, 2000, 2002, 2005)

Publications (Selected)

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