Biography

 

John Miller (b.1954, Cleveland OH) has exhibited extensively since his first solo show at White Columns, New York in 1982. Over the course of thirty years, Miller has produced a diverse body of work that addresses figuration, language, valuation, social hierarchy and abjection. In 2016, his work is 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 (catalogue). 

 

Major solo exhibitions include a 2011 exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne in conjunction with his being awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize (catalogue); 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.), Kunst-Werke, Berlin (with Richard Hoeck) and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY.

 

Miller’s more recent group exhibitions include Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age, 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, MoMA / PS 1, New York, NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star at the New Museum, New York, Painting Forever, Kunst-Werke Berlin, Carte Blanche, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (cat.) among many others. 

 

Institutional exhibitions in 2018 include The Middle of the Day, Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, Switzerland; Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 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 and participation in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo / São Paulo Biennial through December 9th, 2018.

 

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.