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Recovery by Melissa Miller

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Edition Size: 10

Image Size: 11 1/2 x 68 1/4 inches

Sheet Size: 11 1/2 x 68 1/4 inches


Condition: Pristine

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Flatbed’s 2020 publication with Melissa Miller is Recovery is a three-panel lithograph. Inspired by the flotsam-jetsom of frequent hurricanes on the Texas coast, Miller draws on the metaphorical mirror found in nature of human disaster and recovery. Working with a panoramic format, Miller intends that Recovery be read as a whole and in time. Vignettes fill the space; visual puns, and hints of both despair and hope, populate the beach. As in much of Miller’s work, the images suggest the impact humans continue to have on other species and their vanishing habitats. The image was hand-printed in an edition of ten from three lithographic plates onto Japan green Kitakata paper in three panels then hinged together making the panoramic image which measures over 11 inches high by 67 1/4 inches wide. Recovery is available through Flatbed. 



The Artist

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller (born 1951) is an American painter who is best known for what Art in America called “raucous allegorical paintings” of animals that balance storytelling, psychological insight, and behavioral observation with technical virtuosity and formal rigor. She rose to prominence during a rebirth in figurative painting and narrative content in the early 1980s championed by curators such as Marcia Tucker and Barbara Rose, who both selected Miller for prominent surveys (respectively, “Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained” at the 1984 Venice Biennial and “Fresh Paint” at PS1, 1985). Rose identified Miller among a group of iconoclastic “rule breakers,” describing her work as “a wild kingdom … gone slightly berserk” in the struggle for survival, whose intensity recalled Delacroix. In a later Artforum review, Donald Kuspit called Miller’s paintings “apocalyptic allegories” executed with meticulous old-master methods that articulated psychic states, existential problems, and ecological concerns. Miller has exhibited at museums throughout the United States, including the Whitney Museum, New Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Hirshhorn Museum. Her work belongs to the public art collections of the Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Albright-Knox Gallery, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others, and she has received the Anonymous Was A Woman Award and Texas Artist of the Year Award. Miller lives and works in Austin, Texas.

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