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Nachume Miller: Behind the Painting


Nachume Miller (1949–1998) was a German-born Israeli artist who rose to prominence in the United States after immigrating to New York in 1974. His first major exhibition was the Guggenheim’s Young American Artists: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition, making him the youngest artist ever to present work at the museum. He also exhibited at Exit Art, MoMA, and the Tibor De Nagy Gallery. 

Throughout his career, Miller kept an almost daily record of his creative process. This monograph compiles pages from his sketchbooks spanning the years 1976 to 1998; providing insight into his life, work, and inventive practices. Meticulously dated, the sketchbooks are filled with plans and ideas for potential paintings, expressive watercolors and drawings, diary entries about family life, commentary on the art world, notes to himself, and simple to-do lists. More than sketchbooks, they reveal an intimate look inside the mind of a prolific and masterful artist.

176 pages
7.7×10.8 in
Linen hardcover with silkscreened typography