'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
The artist and writer Harland Miller is known for his large-scale, playful reworkings of Penguin book covers.
Miller takes much-loved book jackets of classic works by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe and others as his starting point. By rendering them in oils at poster size with quirky new titles, he transforms them into contemporary, often satirical commentaries on life and literature. Whether ironic, nostalgic, or downright cheeky–Dirty Northern Bastard, by DH Lawrence, or I'm so Fucking Hard, by Hemmingway–the titles demythologise and amuse in equal measure.
Harland Miller is attracted to books as objects–the more battered, stained and lived in the better. 'I remember my parents' Penguin books. For me, they are about nostalgia for a by-gone era–that musty smell, those coffee-mug rings, the often heart-breaking inscriptions on the inside cover.' Miller has lived and worked in New York, Berlin and Paris. Born in the North of England in 1964, Miller's fondness for the drizzle and grimness of those northern towns remains a strong theme in his work. 'I suppose mine is a very English sense of humour,' he says.
Harland Miller's group exhibitions include Royal Academy, London (2006, 2005), Kunsthalle Mannheim (2004) and the ICA, London (1996).
Harland Miller's works switch between being sardonic, hilarious and nostalgic as his own phrases replace the original titles of Penguin books.
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