Artist Talk: I Stand, I Fall: John Miller


From 7 July 2016




Garage Auditorium


As part of the Co-thinkers exhibition opening, one of the participating artists John Miller will talk about figuration, as well as globalization and monopolization tendencies in contemporary culture.

Miller’s talk will be in two parts. In the first, he will discuss the development of his work in terms of figuration, not simply traditional mimetic depiction (as opposed to abstraction), but rather a representational complex that can function as a rhetorical platform, an allegorical modality or even as an investigation of social formations. Miller will trace the arc of his work from its origins in picture theory —in which even abstract art can be understood as a kind of figure—to that which addresses the discourse of public space. After a short break, he will briefly examine the ideology of contemporary art in relation to tensions between globalization and monopolization. This will be followed by a discussion about two group shows he has recently curated: Bad Conscience at Metro Pictures in New York and Visibility at London's Campoli Presti Gallery.



John Miller is an artist, writer and musician based in New York and Berlin. In 2011 he received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize from the Society for Contemporary Art at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Miller’s books include Mike Kelley: Educational Complex published by Afterall Books, The Ruin of Exchange: Selected Writings and The Price Club: Selected Writings (1977-1998), both published by JRP-Ringier and the Consortium as part of their Positions series. He has had solo exhibitions at Le Magasin in Grenoble, at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, and at the Kunsthalle Zurich. In 2016, ICA Miami featured I Stand, I Fall—the first comprehensive museum survey of his work in the United States. Miller is Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Art History at Barnard College.


Entrance is free, space is limited, please arrive early.

The event is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
The discussion will be translated into Russian Sign Language.

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