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Steve Miller

Josh Baer Gallery

The message and methodology of Steve Miller’s art have always been interesting, and with his most recent show he has succeeded in bringing together these two elements with intelligence and grace. Ideologically, Miller is making the same sort of criticisms in 1988 as he has since 1980, when he worked as a trading adviser in the commodities market. His concerns, like those of many artists in the postindustrial era of global economics and politics, are about the reduction of art to a commodity, and the potential for cultural truths—from the hierarchies of artistic value to the semiotic certainties of language itself—to serve as a reflection and affirmation of society’s entrenched systems of power. Miller is particularly dedicated to examining the implications of the new data-transmission languages employed by the international market. These issues arise at a point of crisis for the values of

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