John Miller, Allegory, 1998, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 70".


John Miller

Kunsthalle Zurich
Limmatstrasse 270
July 17, 2013–November 8, 2009

Curated by Beatrix Ruf

John Miller’s continual reinvention of his practice over the past three decades has been so thoroughgoing that he still tends to fly under the critical radar. This overview of his output since the mid-’80s seeks to redress that neglect. Featuring nearly fifty installations, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and videos, the show includes the entire “Middle of the Day” photographic archive, 1996–, and a new installation, Ruin, from the “Gold” series. A catalogue will feature texts by Alexander Alberro, Nora M. Alter, Branden W. Joseph, Jutta Koether, and Miller himself, along with a preface by the curator. Committed to embracing the “real” via a merciless deconstruction of genre convention, Miller posits the death of the author and the fall of the object as mere stops along the way to a fuller understanding of contemporary culture and the representation thereof.