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A Refusal to Accept Limits
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John Miller A Refusal to Accept Limits
Edited by Beatrix Ruf.
Texts by Alexander Alberro, Nora M. Alter, Branden W. Jospeh, Jutta Koether, John Miller, Beatrix Ruf.
published in June 2010
bilingual edition (English / German)
23,8 x 28,6 cm (softcover, dust jacket)
168 pages (128 color & 30 b/w ill.)
€40.00
ISBN: 978-3-03764-032-6
EAN: 9783037640326
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Including newly commissioned essays, this reference monograph attempts to remap Miller's entire oeuvre by articulating its development through various series, media, and aesthetic strategies.
Among such contemporaries as Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw, but also Tony Oursler and Stephen Prina, John Miller (born 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, lives and works in New York City and Berlin) embodies a singular position: he articulates the synthesis of an ideologically committed critique of representation with a postconceptual shift toward the “real.” Using completely stereotyped genres (figurative painting, travel photography, landscape painting, and so on), Miller, like Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince, has, since the end of the 1970s, challenged the function of the author and the concomitant loss of aura of the artwork. Yet this critique is for him only a means of revealing the repressed aspect of the ideological aggregates of day-to-day late-capitalist Western culture.
First noticed for his brown “faux” abstract painting and objects recovered by a brown impasto, he resisted to what he calls “aesthetic appropriation” by regularly shifting his practice, introducing series such as the “Middle of the Day” photographs, game show sets and paintings, and golden maquettes through the 1980s and 1990s. This strategy of resistance to a reduction of his work to any critical tag explains why, despite the early critical recognition of his work by theoreticians such as Hal Foster, he is still overlooked among his generation.
Also a writer, John Miller became in 1987 the US Editor for Artscribe; he founded Acme Journal in 1991. For the past two decades, he has written intensively and published texts in Artforum, October and Texte zur Kunst, as well as in numerous museum publications. He has taught art at Columbia University, the School of Visual Art in New York, Yale University, and Cooper Union.

See also: John Miller & Jutta Koether.