Cologne

John Miller

Jablonka Galerie

Rock sucks, disco sucks, and brown slime over everything.

This was John Miller’s third exhibition during the year he just spent in Germany, a period that the catalogue for one of the earlier exhibitions, at the DAAD space in Berlin, excellently documents. The book offers a variety of models for considering Miller and his trademark brown: the reinvigoration of the dandy, campiness, the combination of verbal and visual pranks, and a stance of correct yet critical behavior. In The Office Party and the Communist Party, 1991, the critic finally finds a place among all Miller’s crusty brown objects. In a terrible joke, the piece deals with food, specifically the food department of the West Berlin department store KaDeWe: Miller’s accumulation of food functions as a satirical comment and also as an allegory for the German economic situation today.

I’d really like to see an exhibition of Miller’s

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