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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Shared Space: John Miller "I Stand, I Fall"

Influential conceptual artist John Miller discusses why being in a band beats dinner parties, public and private space, Mike Kelley, conservation, and his most ambitious architectural installation to date: a vast and immersive mirrored labyrinth in ICA Miami’s former Atrium Gallery.

In 2016, ICA Miami presented “I Stand, I Fall,” Miller’s first American museum exhibition. The exhibition featured a range of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation and video; never-before-seen works from the 1980s; new large-scale sculptures; and a newly-commissioned mirrored maze.

John Miller (b. 1954) is an artist, critic, and musician whose work has been exhibited in major museums and collections worldwide. Over the course of thirty years, Miller has produced a diverse body of work that, in addition to figuration, addresses language, valuation, social hierarchy and abjection. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Zurich, Musée d’art moderne et Contemporain in Geneva, MoMA PS1, and Ludwig Museum, where he was awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize by the Society of Contemporary Arts in 2011. His work was included in the 1985 and 1991 Whitney Biennials, as well as the 2005 Lyon Biennial. Miller’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum Ludwig, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Miller is an artist critic, whose writings often address the role of aesthetics in culture. He has contributed to Artforum, e-flux and Texte Zur Kunst, and his major publications include The Price Club: Selected Writings, 1977-1996 (JRP Editions and the Consortium, 2000); The Ruin of Exchange (Geneva and Dijon: JRP-Ringier and les Presses du Reel, 2012); and Mike Kelley: Educational Complex (London: Afterall Books, 2015). He currently lives in New York, where he is the Professor of Professional Practice in Art History at Barnard College, and in Berlin.