NADA MILER final PR
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ART 3 AT NADA NEW YORK, BOOTH 4. 21
presents ANTHONY MILER: 14 PAINTINGS
May 14 – 17, 2015
VIP Opening: Thursday May 14, 3 - 6 pm
Public Opening: Thursday May 14: 6-8 pm
Anthony Miler, Untitled (Searching for Poisonous
Candy), 2013, 96 x 70 in., acrylic, paint, graphite
on raw canvas
Brooklyn, NY, April 15, 2015 – ART 3 is proud to announce its participation at NADA New York, May 14-17,
2015, at Pier 36 | Basketball City, with the single artist booth ANTHONY MILER: 14 PAINTINGS.
ANTHONY MILER: 14 Paintings is a rotating solo exhibition featuring twelve works by the Brooklyn-based artist.
On each day of NADA NEW YORK’s four-day run, ART 3 will show three to four different works by this
emerging talent. Doing so, the curators hope to convey the dynamic character intrinsic to Miler’s unique style of
portraiture, which is as feral as the mixed-media concretions that give it shape.
Anthony Miler is as much a painter of the human subject as he is of its unruly tendencies, which he denotes with
jarring swathes of color, jagged lines, and tangles of figures and objects that teeter into abstraction. One can see in
Miler’s canvases and works on paper an affinity for the brutally reduced forms of the CoBrA Group, the insistent
informality of Art Brut, or echoes of the forceful brushwork of Abstract Expressionists like Franz Kline, Philip
Guston, and Willem de Kooning. Yet it is impossible to summarize Miler’s work through art historical references
alone; he is also sensitive to contemporary life, in which digital and industrial methods of production are
multiplying dehumanized forms and sleek interfaces. Miler’s repetition of images—whether traced repeatedly in one
work or iteratively in a series—constitute his wryly critical response to our cultural moment. He arrives at his
works through thoughtful but deliberately uncalculated working methods, believing in the importance of having a
different process for each piece. In embracing spontaneity and experimentation, Miler constantly pushes both his
hand as well as his materials to unpredictably surprising and viscerally evocative capacities.
by Serena Qiu
Miler approaches his canvasses in order to labor, not to please. His artistry stems from what he terms a “linear” or
drawing perspective, where the tactility of his materials (mainly oils, acrylics and spray paint) develops an almost
sculptural object that confronts viewers bodily. Rather than rely on presenting illusionistic perspectives, Miler’s
paintings occupy a realm distinct from the images they portray, underscoring the sense of immediacy that sets him
apart from his contemporaries.
The signal quality of Miler’s work relates, in part, to how he presents the human face. Faces appear motley in
Miler’s work, even obscured, which does nothing to frustrate the feelings of tenderness they evoke. We are forced to
care for them, to look at them, to consider them seriously, however much we might want to dismiss them.
Along with the sculptural materiality of his work, viewers are drawn to certain recognizable features (a nose, a
mouth, but especially the eyes) that captivate our attention by seeming to suggest something beyond the painting
itself. While seemingly schematic, even absurd, the nakedness of the faces Miler renders is far from caricaturing
What reigns in and controls all this is an undercurrent of ethics: the encountering of paint though the visages the
artist describes. Ultimately, a compositional whole is realized where face, body, and environment become a
synthetic gestalt. The characteristic aspects of each tumble over into life, in all its haphazard directedness. In this
manner, Miler invokes a conversation without having to fall back on the ungainliness of delivering a message.
by Jeffrey Grunthaner
ANTHONY MILER, (American, b. 1982 in Toledo, Ohio).
Brooklyn-based Anthony Miler received his MFA in painting from the City College of New York, CUNY in
2008, and studied in the UK at the Central College Abroad and the London Metropolitan University in
2004. He has exhibited work in Ziehersmith, New York; Thierry Goldberg, New York; Regina Rex,
Brooklyn; and Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, among others. Press mentions include
Architectural Digest (September 2014), the ARTSY Editorial Series (August 2014), and Sanat Dunyamiz
Magazine (2014). In 2014, ART 3 was proud to mount his first solo show in New York, titled “The Grisaille
ART 3 opened in Bushwick in May 2014 near Luhring Augustine, created by Silas Shabelewska,
formerly of Haunch of Venison and Helly Nahmad Gallery in partnership with Monika Fabijanska,
former Director of the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
Detailed information about the artist: http://www.art-3gallery.com/artists/anthony-miler and
Please contact ART 3 firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries, images and interview requests
What: ART 3 at NADA NEW YORK presents ANTHONY MILER: 12 PAINTINGS
When: May 14 – 17, 2015
Opening Preview: by special invitation Thursday, May 14; 3pm to 6pm
Open to the Public: Thursday, May 14; 6pm to 8pm
Friday, May 15; 11am to 7pm
Saturday, May 16; 11am to 7pm
Sunday, May 17; 11am to 5pm
Where: NADA NEW YORK, BOOTH 4.21 at Pier 36 | Basketball City, 299 South
Street, New York, NY 10002
Transportation: F train to East Broadway; B or D to Grand St.