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Art & Art History

Voices: John Miller

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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John Miller (born 1954) is an artist, writer, and musician based in New York and Berlin. Among other things, his work considers questions of production, reception, and value as it relates to the making and circulation of art. Using deadpan humor, in combination with everyday debris, fake gold leaf, brown paint, and genre tableaux, Miller creates sculpture, photography, painting, and writing that confound the distinctions in the spectacular, the exploitative, the everyday, and the value of craftsmanship. As a critic, he is keenly interested in the role of aesthetics within mass culture. Miller exhibits his work internationally and is an Associate Professor in Barnard College s Art History Department. A collection of his essays was published in 2000, The Price Club: Selected Writings, 1977 1996. Other recent publications include Shooting Log, a book focused on Miller s ongoing photo project, The Middle of the Day and XXX Macarena a 33-1/3 LP of Miller performing with Tony Conrad and Jutta Koether. A survey exhibition of his art was organized by Kunsthalle Zurich in 2009; a catalogue is forthcoming.</