Biography

John Miller (b.1954, Cleveland OH) has exhibited extensively since his first solo show at White Columns, New York in 1982. Along with Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw and Christopher Williams, Miller is part of an influential group of artists who studied together at CalArts in the late 1970s. Over the course of thirty years, Miller has produced a diverse body of work that addresses figuration, language, valuation, social hierarchy and relations and abjection. In 2016, his work was the subject of a major survey exhibition I Stand, I Fall featuring over 75 art works at the Institute of Contemporary Art / ICA, Miami curated by Alex Gartenfeld (catalog) and in 2020 Miller will have a solo museum exhibition of his work in Berlin.

 

Major solo exhibitions include The Middle of the Day, Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, Switzerland in 2018, a 2011 exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne in conjunction with his being awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize (catalog); A Refusal to Accept Limits, a mid-career retrospective at the Kunsthalle Zurich curated by Beatrix Ruf, (cat.), Consolation Prize at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (with Mike Kelley) (cat.), Parallel Economies, Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble (cat.), KW / Kunst-Werke, Berlin (with Richard Hoeck) and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY.

 

Miller’s more recent group exhibitions include  Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts, curated by Philipp Kaiser and Christina Végh, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany; Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Met Breuer New York, NY,  The Conditions of Being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004), The Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY,  Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age at the Museum Brandhorst, Germany, Collecting Lines: Drawings from the Ringier Collection, Villa Flora, Winterthur, Switzerland, Take It or Leave It at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Gold at the Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Expo 1, New York: Dark Optimism at MoMA / PS 1, New York, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star at the New Museum, New York, Painting Forever at the KW / Kunst-Werke Berlin, Carte Blanche at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and American Exuberance at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami (cat.) among many others. Miller's work has been included in important biennials such as the 1991 Whitney Biennial, the 2010 Gwangju Biennale and most recently, in 2018, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo / São Paulo Biennial.

 

Miller is a prolific writer and critic, published in Artforum, BOMB magazine, and Texte zur Kunst as well in monographs on Mike Kelley, Christopher Williams, Dan Graham, Martha Rosler and Adrian Piper. In 2013, JRP Ringier, Zurich and the Consortium in Dijon published a collection of essays, entitled The Ruin of Exchange and in 2015, Afterall Books published Mike Kelley: Educational Complex, a full-length study of that work.

 

Miller's work can be found in important museum collections worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, MOCA / Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as well as important private foundations like the Sammlung Falkenberg, Hamburg, Germany and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. His work is on permanent exhibition at the MAMCO / Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland.

 

Miller lives and works in New York and Berlin and his extensive exhibition and artwork archive can be found online at http://www.lownoon.com. His latest monograph I Stand, I Fall (König Books / D.A.P. 2017) edited by and with introduction by Alex Gartenfeld, texts by Ellen Salpeter and Hal Foster and including a conversation with Isabelle Graw is available.