Michael Ashkin

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Michael Ashkin is an American artist who makes sculptures, videos, photographs and installations depicting marginalized, desolate landscapes.[1] He is a professor at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.[2] Ashkin was a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow.[3]

Ashkin is best known for his use of miniature scale and modest materials.[4] He had his first solo show in 1996, and his floor sculpture called No. 49, was included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial.[1] His work has been featured at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York,[5][4] the Renaissance Society in Chicago,[6] Vienna Secession,[7] and in Documenta11 in Germany.[3]

Ashkin authored Garden State, a book which compares the New Jersey Meadowlands to a formal garden.[5] In 2014, A-Jump Books published Ashkin's Long Branch a book of photographs and text documenting the destruction of a New Jersey neighborhood [8] and in 2018 TIS Books published a book of photographs from Berlin entitled Horizont. 2019 saw the release of were it not for from FW:Books, a book that combines photographs of the Mojave desert with sentences that begin with the book's title.

Ashkin was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1955, the son of Arthur Ashkin, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.[9] He is also the nephew of the physicist Julius Ashkin. Before becoming an artist, he taught Arabic and received an M.A. in Middle East Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, and then worked as a computer programmer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gabriel, Trip (April 6, 1997). "Trafficking in Toxic Waste and Human Loneliness". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Michael Ashkin". Cornell AAP. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Michael Ashkin". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Cotter, Holland (June 10, 2005). "Art in Review; Andrea Zittel -- Michael Ashkin". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b Cotter, Holland (February 25, 2000). "ART IN REVIEW; Michael Ashkin". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Watery, Domestic". The Renaissance Society. November 17, 2002. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Michael Ashkin « secession". www.secession.at. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  8. ^ Shinkle, Eugenie (April 28, 2016). "Capitalism as a Bearer of the Uncanny: An Interview with Michael Ashkin". American Suburb X.
  9. ^ Fleischman, Tom (October 2, 2018). "Arthur Ashkin, Ph.D. '52, shares Nobel Prize in physics". Cornell Chronicle.

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