John Miller (American, b.1954) is a sculptor, painter, and installation artist. After studying at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Whitney Museum of Art, Miller completed his formal education at the California Institute of the Arts. He began showing his work while in school, and embarked on solo exhibitions in 1982. The exposure of his work was limited to galleries in New York and Los Angeles throughout the 1980s. The next decade, however, afforded Miller the opportunity to display his art in Europe, in galleries such as the Jablonka Galerie in Cologne and the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.

More recent displays of the artist’s work were at Sutton Lane in London and the Kunsthalle in Zurich. When selecting an existing location or physical space, a typical installation artist applies artistic media to alter the appearance of that space. This can be arranged in a gallery corner or in an outdoor meadow. In his critique of middle-class culture, Suburban Past Time, Miller intersperses artificial flora and rock formations with loudly colored filing cabinets. These elements of shallowness are backed by murals of undistinguished apartment houses and hotels, underscoring the deadening homogeneity.

In a similar fashion, Miller compiles numerous items of little value, such as recyclables and trash, and gilds them with gold leaf. This creation, The New Honeymooners, scorns the superficial values of a market-driven society. These works demonstrate the influence of his friend and contemporary, Mike Kelley (American, 1954–2012), an artist with whom Miller also collaborated musically. Like Miller, Kelley sought to puncture popular perceptions with his art. In fact, the two men held a joint exhibition at the Tate Liverpool Gallery in 2004. Critics recognize the contemptuous message in Miller's work. One The New York Times art writer observed "reflexive disdain" in his installation art while The New Yorker described it as "ornery and raffish." When not creating, Miller teaches at Columbia University. He divides his time between New York and Berlin. A Cleveland native, Miller is represented principally by Metro Pictures.

Timeline

1954
Born in Cleveland, Ohio
1977
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, BFA
1978
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York
1979
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, MFA
Lives in New York City and Berlin

Exhibitions

2009
Patrick Painter Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
2009
Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
2009
Cave Painting, PSM Gallery, Berlin
2009
Sonic Youth etc. Sensational Fix, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
2008
Sutton Lane, London (solo)
2008
Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe (solo)
2008
11 Sessions (zusammen mit Karin Schneider und Matt Keegan), Orchard 47, New York
2007
Back to the Garden, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris (solo)
2007
The New Honeymooners, Metro Pictures, New York und Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (solo)
2007
The Middle of The Day, (online), Jeffrey Charles/Henry Peacock (solo)
2007
The Office Party and the Communist Party, Schürmann Berlin (solo)
2007
Michael Hall Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2006
Into Me / Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin
2006
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art
2006
John Miller: Total Transperancy, Metro Pictures, New York (solo)
2005
The Middle of the Day, Galerie Barbara Weiss (solo)
2005
Kunst in Schokolade/Chocolate Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2005
When Humor Becomes Painful, Migrosmuseumfür Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
2004
Body display. Performative Installation #4, Secession, Vienna, Austria
2004
Le milieu du jour, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (solo)
2004
The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (cat.)
2003
“Drawings,” Metro Pictures, New York “Thirty Three Women – Three Poems by Pablo Picasso,” Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich (cat.)
2003
“Everything is You,” Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris (solo)
2002
“From the Observatory,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York “A Country Lane,” Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2001
“Deliveries in Rear”, Kunst, Tiroler Sparkasse, Innsbruck, Austria “Double Date”, Galerie Barbara Weiss (solo)
2001
“Televisions,” Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
2000
“Consolation Prize- Mike Kelley & John Miller,” Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver (cat.) "American Art Today: Fantasies & Curiosities," Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami (cat.) Kunstraum Hans Widauer, Innsbruck, Austria
2000
“Pilot”, Richard Telles Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California “The Middle of the Day”, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1999
"Parallel Economies," Magasin-Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble (cat.) "John Miller: A Retrospective," Kunstverien, Hamburg (solo)
1999
"Pl@ytimes," Magasin-L'Ecole, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble "Wir leben zwichen Wänden," Kunstamt Kreuzberg, Berlin "Bad Bad: That's a Good Excuse," Staatliche Kunsthalle Beden-Baden, Germany (cat.) "Transmute," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago "Art in the Age of the Consumer: Works from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art," Feldman Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles "Stadtluft: der Urbane Raum als Medium von Macht," Kunstverein, Hamburg "Get Together: Art as Teamwork," Kunsthalle, Vienna "Malerie," INIT Kunst-Halle, Berlin "Hard Hat," (with Richard Hoeck) Kunst-Werke, Berlin "No Place to Hang Your Hat," (with Richard Hoeck) Kunstaum Hans Widauer, Innsbruck "Das Versprechen der Fotografie", Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover "Le Capital," Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Séte, France (cat.)
1998
"100 Years Secession," Secession Museum, Vienna "White Studies," Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (with Richard Hoeck) (cat.) Raum Aktueller Kunst Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria "Tell me a Story," Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble "Fast Forward," Kunstverein in Hamburg "Entropie zu Hause," Suermont Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany
1998
"Alive with Pleasure," Candy Factory, Yokohama, Japan P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York "Songs From a Room," Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe (and 1999, 2000) (solo)
1997
"A Trail of Ambiguous Picture Postcards," Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (cat.) "Revisions of Abstract Expressionism. Painting between Vulgarity and the Sublime," Kunstverein Kreis Gutersloh, Gutersloh, Germany (solo)
1997
"Someone else with my Fingerprints," David Zwirner, New York; Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich; August sander Archiv/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne; Kunstverein Munchen, Munich, Germany; Kunsthaus Hamburg "Laying Low: Postminimalism/Scatter Art," Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien, Oslo (cat.) "Artists and Photography,"Museum Fur Literatur am Oberrheim in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Cabinet des estampes, Geneva "79/97 An Exhibition of works by Curators of the Visual Arts Gallery, 1979-1997," Visual Arts Gallery, New York "The Cold War is Over (or is it?)," COCA Museum, Macao, Korea "Display," The Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen (cat.) "At the Threshold of the Visible: Miniscule and Small-Scale Art, 1964-1996," Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Meyerhoff Galleries, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Virginia Beach center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virgina; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (cat.) "Heaven: Private View," P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York "Revisions of Abstract Espressionism. Painting Between Vulgarity and the Sublime," Kunstverein Gutersloh, Germany
1996
"Do It (Home Version)," Museum in Progress, Vienna "Comic Depictions of Sex in American Art," Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich "Radical Images," 2nd Austrian Triennial on Photography 1996, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria; Grosser Saal der Kunsthalle Szombathely (cat.) "Intervention: Tendenzen im Schatten der Stadtplanung," Stiftung Starke, Berlin "Artistes & Photographies," Cabinet des estampes du Musee d'art et d'Histoire, Geneva "A/drift," Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York "L'art du Plstique," Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts,Paris "Art at the End of the 20th Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art," Alexander Soutzos Museum; Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain; Kunstmuseum Bonn
1996
Oberrheinesches Dichtermuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany Kunstburo, Museum fur Literatur am Oberrhein, Karlsruhe "The Middle of the Day," Kunstburo, Museum fur Literatur am Oberrhein, Karlsruhe (cat.) "Field Manual for a Tautology," Galerie Thomas Riegger, Karlsruhe (solo)
1995
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (and 1996, 1999, 2001) Galerie Philippe Rizzo, Paris (solo)
1995
"Altered States: American Art in the 90s," St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri (cat.) "Pittura-Immedia," Neue Galerie, Landesmuseum Joanneum and Kunstlerhaus, Graz, Austria "Land Schaf(f)t," Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Weimar, Germany "Art in Suburbia," Jeffrey Deitch Art Advisory Services, New York "Malerei in den 90er Jahren," Neue Galerie, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
1994
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (and 1996, 1998, 2000) (solo)

Literature

2006
Marius Babias, Angelika Nollert (ed.): Periferic 7, Focussing Iasi / Social Processes, exhibition.
2005
When Humor Becomes Painful, exhibition catalogue, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.
2004
The Middle of the Day. 1994-2004, Volumes 1,2,3, Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva.
2001
Wiebke Hüster: Mann sucht Frau sucht Mann. Sesselsoziologie: John Miller in der Berliner Galerie.
2001
John Miller, When Down is Up. Ausgewählte Schriften 1987-1999, published in: Revolver Blanco, Schriftenreihe zur Aktuellen Kunst, Frankfurt/Stuttgart.
2000
John MIller: The Price Club. Selected Writings (1977-1998), Genf/Dijon, JRP Editions.
1999
Economies Paralleles/Parallel Economies, exhibition catalogue, Grenoble.
1999
Renate Puvogel: John Miller >>Pillars of Salt<<, in: Kunstforum International, no. 147, p. 359-360.
1995
Altered States: American Art in the 90s, exhibition catalogue, St. Louis, Forum for Contemporary Art.
1992
Rock Sucks, Disco Sucks, exhibition catalogue, DAAD Berlin.