Michael Asher (Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA) The exhibition
"Michael Asher" was memorable because it concretized several
histories at once. We learned, for example, about the ways the museum
has accommodated the specific spatial demands of artworks over the past
decade, a history retraced wall by skeletal wall. More visceral still
were the implications of Asher's intangible practice as presented
in a major museum--an institution with, appropriately enough, no
collection. Visiting "Michael Asher" with my students from the
Art Academy in Copenhagen made his art-historical marginalization, and
therefore the imperative for this presentation, all the more obvious.
Students mused that, given all the contemporary art this weLl-traveled
group had seen, how could it be that such a historically cogent figure
seemed so radically unfamiliar?