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Penguin prints Harland Miller

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Miller first became critically acclaimed as a writer. His first novel Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty (2000), the semi-autobiographical story of a travelling David Bowie impersonator, received positive reviews from the British press.

Writing and literature has been an integral part of Miller’s practice. He continued to publish shorter novels such as First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified (2001), as well as starting to incorporate language directly into his paintings and prints, making his witty titles into their central element. He did a Writer’s Residency at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2002, devoting a season to curating workshops and events around the oeuvre of 19th century British author Edgar Allan Poe. His interest in Poe continued until in 2008, he curated the Poe-inspired group exhibition with 35 artists (including popular YBAs such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin) called You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil at the White Cube shown across multiple London venues.

Miller is most famous for his Penguin classics works he began producing in 2001, inspired by the format of the dust jackets of Penguin books. In this iconic series, he appropriates the familiar format and motif of the Penguin title page, exploring the relationship between the abstract, bold background colour and the embedded text, coming up with his own ironic, humorous titles with the likes of Fuck Art Let’s Dance and International Lonely Guy.

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