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Jeremy Millar

Born in 1970 Jeremy Millar now lives in Whitstable and tutors in Art Criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, but it is as a curator that he first became known. In 1994 he won a competition asking for unknown artists to propose an exhibition for London’s ICA. The exhibition that followed, The Institute of Cultural Anxiety, stemmed from the idea that there is simply too much to know in today’s culturally filled world. Millar presented category defyning art and artefacts from across all ages that confounded notions of “curating” and heralded a new phase of artists presenting ‘curation’ as art. This show also established key concerns that Millar has developed in his own work – in film, photography, sculpture, and writing. There is a strong anthropological component to Millar’s work where ritual magic is fused with the conceptual, and particular journeys regularly become starting points for a new series.

Millar has contributed to numerous international catalogues and artists’ publications. In 2005 he wrote Place with Tacita Dean, which considered the importance of place within much contemporary art practice. He has also curated numerous exhibitions including, most recently Every Day is a Good Day: The Visual Art of John Cage which opened at the Baltic, Gateshead in June 2010 which toured the UK. In 2011 Jeremy Millar had a major solo show at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow and took his place in Mystics or Rationalists? at Ingleby Gallery during the Edinburgh Art Festival.

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