Allison Miller: Ways to Proceed

Allison Miller, Monday, 2011, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches (courte
Allison Miller, Monday, 2011, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 by 60 inches (courtesy Susan Inglett Gallery)

John Yau reviews a recent exhibition of paintings by Allison Miller at Susan Inglett Gallery, New York.

Yau writes: "In her paintings, Miller offers a radical and simple alternative to this organization of daily life. She refuses to take the shortest route, physically, and aesthetically as well, having rejected developing a recognizable style, sign or logo. She doesn't advertise who she is, or where she is going, nor does she reach for a fashionable product, such as airless hard-edged abstraction or provisional painting. She isn't trying to fit into any one of the currently hip narratives, whether taught in art schools or regurgitated in art magazines. Even in this day and age of anything goes, that is a quietly heretical act."