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Having become, in a decade, one of the most recognized contemporary brut artists, this autistic native of California is sometimes compared to Cy Twombly: while the latter deconstructs language, the former builds it. Since 2010, the gallery has contributed to its international recognition by organizing several exhibitions and publishing the only monograph available to date, enriched with an essay by Richard Leemann. Present in countless public and private collections - including those of the MoMA and Pompidou –, Dan Miller’s work was also part of the official selection of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

portrait of dan miller - © creative growth art center, christian berst — art brut
Date 1961 —
Country United States

Dan Miller’s tireless creativity in superimposing considerable layers of writing to the point of illegibility has proved such a source of fascination for audiences that his art has now reached beyond the sphere of Art Brut to enter the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. While his work is highly contemporary in formal terms, with notable echoes of Pollock and Cy Twombly, Miller nonetheless invents his modes of expression outside the boundaries of mainstream artistic debate.

Dan Miller, born in Castro Valley in 1961, is autistic. He has been attending the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, for over fifteen years, giving entirely unfettered reign to his inventive imagination. He is obsessed with household objects such as light bulbs and electric sockets, the names of towns and cities, people, numbers, and foodstuffs. He pours his inner world onto the paper, intensely repeating its key signifiers in paint, pen, pencil, and felt tip. The various media intertwine and pile up like the words themselves to create subtle strata of undeniable pictorial power. His works – in black and white or colour – reveal a rare dynamic force that seems to breathe new life into the body of the letters and the expressive power of words, above and beyond the lexical encryption caused by their accumulation.

In 2014, Dan Miller has been shown twice at the Maison rouge in Paris, in the exhibitions Le Mur, works from Antoine de Galbert’s collection and art brut, collection abcd/Bruno Decharme. He was part of curator Christine Macel’s selection for her exhibition Viva Arte Viva at the Venice Biennale 2017.

Artworks
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untitled (Paints) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (Paints), 2010
29.92 x 21.65 in
untitled  (1234, two lightbulbs) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (1234, two lightbulbs), 2010
29.92 x 21.65 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
21.65 x 29.92 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
22.44 x 29.92 in
untitled (paint 5’ upper left) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (paint 5’ upper left), 2013
29.92 x 22.05 in
untitled  (ink w/circle) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (ink w/circle), 2010
29.92 x 21.65 in
untitle - © christian berst — art brut
untitle, 2011
54.72 x 42.13 in
untitled (pink w/ purple light bulbs) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (pink w/ purple light bulbs), 2013
97.64 x 41.73 in
untitled (black, white gray) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (black, white gray), 2010
29.92 x 21.65 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
7.09 x 22.44 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
7.09 x 22.44 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2018
11.02 x 29.92 in
Exhibitions
Fiac
#47, cancelled. From October 21 to 25, 2020.
ART BRUT
La Pinacothèque, Luxembourg. From January 26 to June 15, 2019.
galeristes #3
art fair, Le Carreau du Temple. From November 30 to December 2, 2018.
do the write thing 2
read between the lines, at the gallery. From April 26 to June 2, 2018.
Living in art brut
123 works from the Hannah Rieger Collection, Musuem Krems an der Donau. From September 8 to October 26, 2017.
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The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
Viva Arte Viva
Venice Biennale, Italie. From April 14 to November 26, 2017.
Drawing Now 2017
Le Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 23 to 26, 2017.
Brut Now
art brut in the technological era, Belfort Museums . From October 29, 2016 to January 16, 2017.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
PreTENse
at the Gallery. From September 12 to October 10, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
Drawing Now 2015
Carreau du Temple, Paris. From March 25 to 29, 2015.
(OFF)ICIELLE
cité de la mode et du design. From October 22 to 26, 2014.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
dan miller
graphein II, at the gallery. From April 25 to May 17, 2014.
art paris art fair 2014
la chine à l’honneur, grand palais. From March 26 to 30, 2014.
Red House
by Christian Berst , Today Art Musuem, Pékin . From October 26 to November 11, 2013.
De la lenteur avant toute chose…
abcd collection, Montreuil. From September 25 to November 16, 2013.
40 years
New Work by Dan Miller & William Scott, Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland,. From June 6 to July 25, 2013.
Drawing Now 2013
Carrousel du louvre, paris. From April 11 to 14, 2013.
Creative Growth
Dan Miller & Judith Scott, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. From March 24 to August 25, 2013.
Metro Show
Cavin Morris Gallery, New York. From January 24 to 27, 2013.
slick art fair paris
paris. From October 17 to 21, 2012.
drawing now 2012
drawing art fair, Carrousel du Louvre. From March 28 to April 1, 2012.
dan miller
graphein, at the gallery. From March 24 to May 19, 2012.
salon du dessin contemporain 2011
drawing now, caroussel du louvre. From March 25 to 28, 2011.
glossolalia: languages of drawing
MoMA, New York. From March 26, 2008 to July 7, 2007.
Dan Miller
White Columns, New York. From February 5 to March 5, 2007.
christian berst art brut booth, *drawing now, le carreau du temple*, paris, 2017. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Dan Miller : graphein*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2012. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Dan Miller : graphein II*, christian berst art brut, 2014. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Press review
galeristes une vision de la création
Alexia Lanta Maestrati, L’oeil. December 4, 2018.
dan miller, le langage capital
Baimba Kamara, Art Absolument. September 27, 2018.
christian berst, la nature irréductible de l’art brut
Tom Laurent, Art Absolument. September 27, 2018.
l’envolée de l’art brut
éric Tariant, Le Temps. November 13, 2017.
Annette Messager - galerie christian berst
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. September 28, 2015.
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L’art brut comme aspiration infinie
La Rédaction, Première Vision. July 15, 2015.
Oficielle, beaucoup de bruit pour rien ou presque. Notre sélection qui sauve l’honneur
Hugo Saadi, Toutelaculture.com. October 22, 2014.
l’art brut sous les feux des projecteurs
La Rédaction, La Tribune.fr. October 15, 2014.
Dan Miller, graphein II
François Salmeron, Paris Art. May 9, 2014.
Dan Miller, graphein 2
La Rédaction, Télérama Sortir N°3356. May 7, 2014.
L’art brut a sa place à Art Paris Art Fair
La Rédaction, AMA. March 26, 2014.
Montée en puissance d’un art brut enfin reconnu
Judith Benhamou-Huet , Les Echos.fr. March 29, 2013.
L'art brut épate les galeries
Eric Tariant, We Demain. February 5, 2013.
Une mystérieuse évidence
Pierre Deschodt, Artnet. April 24, 2012.
Dan Miller, Graphein
Marie-Jeanne Caprasse, PARISArt. April 17, 2012.
Dan Miller, galerie Christian Berst
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. April 16, 2012.
press-review-151
Le Quotidien Du Médecin. April 12, 2012.
Dan Miller Graphein
Bénédicte Philippe, Telerama Sortir. April 11, 2012.
Au Salon du dessin, des œuvres d'art empilées comme autant de liasses sur les murs
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. March 30, 2012.
Vertige de l’irrésolu, Dan Miller Graphein, galerie Christian Berst
Bérénice Clerc , Toutelaculture.com. March 29, 2012.
DRAWING NOW, Dan Miller à Paris
Animula Vagula. March 23, 2012.
Collections
The Museum of Modern Art
United States
Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou)
France
collection de l’Art brut
Switzerland
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
France
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Switzerland
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Hannah Rieger collection
Austria
Emmanuelle and Guy Delcourt collection
France
Hervé Lancelin collection
Luxembourg
Smithsonian Museum Of American Art
United States
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
United States
Dan Miller

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