Harland Miller: In Shadows I Boogie

Harland Miller: In Shadows I Boogie
Library Shelf Location 18.MILL
Publication Date 2019

The most comprehensive monograph to date on the British artist and writer best known for his paintings based on the dust jackets of early Penguin paperbacks

This monograph covers nearly 20 years of his paintings, and features three newly commissioned essays by eminent art writers Michael Bracewell, Martin Herbert and Catherine Ince that explore different aspects of his practice. It includes an illustrated chronology with photographs and ephemera from the artist's personal archive.

"Harland Miller is known as the creator of figurative paintings and works on paper, many of which depict the iconic designs of Penguin paperback books and bear the artist’s name as author, with the fictitious title of each being wittily deadpan, punkish and aphoristic." —Michael Bracewell

Michael Bracewell considers Miller’s work within the broader art historical context of painting, from abstract expressionism onwards: particularly thinking about his artistic influences and the work Miller saw during his time living in New York in the 1990s.

"Particularly upfront in their humour are those of his paintings which suggest the unwritten or perhaps just obscure books of modern literary greats and that merrily caricature their styles." —Martin Herbert

Martin Herbert explores the way Miller’s use of abbreviated language prefigures that of social media by several decades.

"Penguin's covers varied greatly within the structured composition system at work within their design identity, and Miller’s rigorous enquiry charts the subtle and episodic evolution of the Penguin book in design terms." —Catherine Ince

Catherine Ince delves into design history and analyzes Miller’s work in the context of the current trend for mid-century modern design, Miller pre-empted with his book cover paintings.

"It seems I'm often holding two opposing ideas in my head at the same time, either that or I’m constantly oscillating between the two – and I think you can read this sort of interplay in my work... So I wanted some shape or form within the paintings’ composition to represent this."

Harland Miller on his most recent work, Cuboids.

Published in two color versions, specially designed by Miller, the book’s edges are printed with a dripping paint motif to replicate his dynamic painting process.

ISBN 9780714875583
Quantity 1
Pages 266 pp
Authors Michael Bracewell, Martin Herbert, Catherine Ince
Format Hardback
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd, London
Related Artist Harland Miller
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Painting
Keywords Book design, Geometric patterns
Artist's Nationality British/UK
Language English

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