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Stephan Pascher

Adjunct Instructor

Stephan Pascher is an artist, writer, and educator, with projects that incorporate a wide range of materials, media, and forms: from installation to photography, drawing, and printed matter. Over the past two decades Pascher’s work has been exhibited internationally at many venues, most recently at Henry Taylors (Los Angeles), Aritsts Space, Cuturegest (Lisbon), Kunstmuseum Basel, Steven Wolf Gallery (San Francisco), and Orchard (New York). Pascher has written on art, film, and a variety of cultural issues, with texts appearing in numerous publications including Afterall, Art in America, Springerin, Merge, Metropolis, The Museum as Arena: Artists on Institutional Critique (Verlag der Walther König), and Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings (MIT Press). He is on the Board of the Michael Asher Foundation. He’s lectured and appeared on a number of panels worldwide. Since 1999, Pascher has been teaching in university art departments and art schools across the United States and Europe. These include Cooper Union, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Malmö Art Academy, The University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He divides his time between New York and Marfa, Texas.

The LA Arts District on Fire, 2016, watercolor on paper, 52 1/2 inches by 132 inches
The LA Arts District on Fire, 2016, watercolor on paper, 52 1/2 inches by 132 inches


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