Nachume Miller

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Nachume Miller’s development has followed a complicated, difficult path from allegorical representational art, heavily figural and usually depicting interior (studio) space, to allegorical abstract art, oriented toward landscape. The connecting psychic thread is the continued introversion, and the connecting technical thread is Miller’s gesture. Initially thick and labored, it emerges with a vehement, amazingly fresh fluidity as a highly serviceable, flexible instrument for conveying a sense of ceaseless dynamic tension. Miller’s dramatic landscape invariably consists of whorls/whirlpools, which function both as atmosphere and as abstract “figures”; they are emblematic of a kind of panic. In all these works there is a sense of grand scale and heroic energy.

Miller combines a neo-Expressionistic sense of the infinite spiral with an Old Master inspiration, Leonardo’s famous deluge drawings.

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