Playing the Man, Melbourne
Opening Reception Thursday September 14th 2023, 6pm - 8pm
15 September 2023 - 15 October 2023
26 Acland St, St Kilda, Melbourne
Tues - Sun 11am - 4pm
17 January 2021 - 17 September 2022
In association with Art On The Move Playing the Man will tour regional WA starting at the Beach St Gallery, Fremantle as part of Fringe World 2021.
The exhibition will continue to The Goldfields Arts Centre , Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, and Katanning Art Gallery.
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1 August 2020 - 20 September 2020
Fremantle Arts Centre
Pat Barblett (WA) | Ray Beattie (WA/QLD) | Marcus Beilby (WA) | Krim Benterrak (WA) | Robert Birch (WA/NSW) Sandra Black (WA) | Les Blakebrough (TAS) | Brian Blanchflower (WA) | Yvonne Boag (NSW) | Alan Bourne(WA) Penny Bovell (WA) | Sue Brook (WA) | Mandy Browne (WA) | Rupert Bunny (VIC) | Peter Burgess (NSW)| Chris Capper (WA/NSW) | Catherine Coomer (WA) | Keith Cowlam (SA) David Dare Parker (WA) | Jenny Dawson (WA) | Domenico de Clario (VIC) | William Dobell (NSW) | Mary Dortch (WA) | Alexander Douglas (VIC) | George Duerden (WA) | Stuart Earnshaw (WA) | Sharyn Egan (WA)David Frazer (VIC) | Tom Gibbons (WA) | Christine Gosfield | (WA) |Victor Greenaway (VIC) | Richard Gunning (WA) | Basil Hadley (SA) | George Haynes (WA) | Ron Hemmings (ACT) | Janis Heston (WA) | Ando Hiroshige (JPN) | Marie Hobbs (WA) | Giles Hohnen (WA) | Bevan Honey (WA) | Paji Honeychild (WA) | Michael Iwanoff (WA) | Ben Jones (WA) | Edgar Karabanovs (WA) | Walter Keeler (UK) | Jeremy Kirwan-Ward (WA) | Eveline Kotai (WA) | Janet Kovesi Watt (WA) | Utagawa Kunisada (JPN) | Janet Mansfield (WA) | Jane Martin (WA) Brian McKay (WA) | Graham Miller (WA) | Gina Moore (WA/VIC) | Ann Murray (WA) | Laurel Nannup (WA) Kathleen O’Connor (WA) | Mike Parr (NSW) | Maria Phillips (WA) | Shane Pickett (WA) | Tracy Puruntatameri (NT) Trevor Richards (WA) | Elvis Richardson (NSW) | Brad Rimmer (WA) | Jean Robins (WA) | David Rose (NSW) | Arthur Russell (WA) | Christopher Sanders (VIC) | Jan Senbergs (VIC) | Michael Shannon (VIC) | Mirek Smisek (NZ) | Derek Smith (NSW) | Penny Smith (TAS) | John Spooner (VIC) | Helen Taylor (WA) | Helicopter Tjungurrayi (WA) | Karen Turnbull (NSW) | Hossein Valamanesh (SA) | Ken Wadrop (WA) | Rosemary Whittaker (WA) | Utagawa Yoshikazu (JPN) | Garry Zeck (WA)
Panacea is a major exhibition, drawn from the City of Fremantle Art Collection, offering each of us some personal solace as we experience the worldwide shock and disruption of COVID19. Through thoughtful curation Panacea, from the Greek word meaning ‘a universal remedy’, is FAC’s invitation to the community to reflect and find restorative and optimistic human moments at this time of uncertainty.
Panacea comprises 148 works by 70 artists selected from the City’s Art Collection and includes paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics, prints and video. FAC curators André Lipscombe and Ric Spencer present Panacea as a journey through FAC’s spaces, a constructed narrative from home life to isolation, to re-emerging into an altered social world.
The exhibition brings together significant historical and contemporary artworks by WA artists including Marcus Beilby, Penny Bovell, Sharyn Egan, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Eveline Kotai, Jane Martin, Brian McKay, Kathleen O’Connor and Ken Wadrop.
Photographs are also prominent with inclusion of important works by WA photographers, Christine Gosfield and Graham Miller and a series of artist portraits by Brad Rimmer and Tom Gibbons.
Also included are several winning works from the prestigious Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award by national artists such as Mike Parr and Keith Cowlam, as well as numerous examples of ceramics by WA ceramicists, including Sandra Black, Maria Phillips and Gary Zeck.
Lawrence Wilson Gallery Acquisition
Lawrence Wilson Gallery acquires six images from Playing the Man as part of their permanent collection
Speeches at the opening preview of Playing the Man, Turner Galleries Perth, September 19th 2019
with ABC Presenter Russell Woolf, author and historian Dr Sean Gorman and photographer Graham Miller
20 September 2019 - 19 October 2019
Turner Galleries, Northbridge, Perth
These playful and humorous images are a celebration of football and a nostalgic look at the past. Referencing bubble gum footy cards from the 1970's and 80's, Miller recreates himself as boyhood football heroes to explore issues of masculinity, identity, and cultural difference. Compared to today's highly stylised and groomed celebrities on Instagram and social media, footy luminaries on cards from this period are refreshingly unmanicured. Larrikin grins, dishevelled hair, hammed up poses and indifferent photography coalesce into comical portraits which defy the revered status with which these players were held. Hard men look surprisingly soft. Miller emphasizes the absurdity through the use of masquerade, using it as a strategy to question ingrained ideals of Australian masculinity and to comment on the difficulties of conforming to traditional notions of Australianness growing up as a person of mixed heritage.
19 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
East Gallery- Kobe, Japan
Curated by Emmanuel Angelicas
Produced by the Australian Museum of Contemporary Photography, ‘Instincts‘ presents a spectrum of practical and conceptual approaches that inquire into the complexity of Australia’s identity. The exhibition includes work by six photographers who work and live on the Australian continent. The artists Gilbert Bel-Bachir, Phil Bayly, Phillip George, Graham Miller, Polixeni Papapetrou and William Yang offer imaginative interpretations of the Australian condition, from the unique nature of southern landscapes to the peculiar narrative resonance that emerges from a land so steeped in symbolism and stories. Throughout ‘Instincts’ an uncanny poetry emerges, borne from a continent which can at once be characterized by isolation and an unusual interpenetration of diverse cultures. In their very heterogeneity, these works present the uniqueness of Australian photography and ask the question; Is there a certain visual matrix that we share or is it something to do with the colonized territory we occupy? Each of the photographers has a personal and a highly developed style and subject matter which ranges from abstraction to formal portraiture all embracing a visual instinct which conveys knowledge with lucidity.
14 June 2016
Seeking Asylum in Country: Western Australian Landscapes is a group exhibition and silent auction of 14 prominent Western Australian landscape photographers gifting their work to raise funds to support asylum seekers and refugees in Australia's care. The artistic theme of the exhibition is tied to the political aim of the project through the act of seeking asylum, it conceptually ties seeking political asylum to seeking environmental asylum in Western Australian landscapes.
Books and Arts, ABC Radio National, 7 December 2015
Isolation, disconnection and human frailty and reoccurring themes in the photographs of Graham Miller. The Perth-based artist is strongly influenced by American books and films, and brings a cinematic style to his portraits of people seemingly down on their luck. The Art Gallery of Western Australia will display works from Graham Miller's 15-year career in the exhibition, WA Focus. They include highlights from series taken in the Blue Mountains, on a road trip through America, in China and around Perth.
21 November 2015 - 28 Feb 2016
Graham Miller is one of Western Australia’s most important photographers. He is known for his atmospheric images that combine cinematic vision with the eye-for-subtle-detail of a short story writer..
Generous in spirit and outlook, his works are emotionally rich and often moving portraits of people and places. Each portrait invites curiosity about the possible events that have brought his subjects to this point in their lives, and each landscape evokes the sensation of being fully within the urban and natural environments presented.
Included in this display are works from Miller’s most important series, Waiting for the Miracle 2010 that developed from Miller’s response to the Leonard Cohen song of the same name; All That is Solid Melts into Air 2013/2014 that charts the people and landscapes of the Blue Mountains around Katoomba; and American Photographs a body of work taken on an American road trip in 2009. The exhibition also include two works shot in China in 2010, five small duo-tone riso prints on the subject of looking, and several Australian works not yet exhibited by Miller.
Curator of Photography and International Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia
15 August 2015 - 15 Feb 2016
American Dream, American Nightmare
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Brett Whiteley, David Hockney, Graham Miller, Frank Hinder
Nov 15 - Feb 8 2015
new passports | new photography
new passports, new photography is a celebration of the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary photography around the theme of portraiture. It brings together over one hundred works – the majority of which are yet to be displayed – that explore how photographers use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.
Review in The Australian by Victoria Laurie
Sept 4 - 12 October 2014
Bowness Prize 2014
Selected as finalist for Ira, 2013
Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize.
with Jonathan Blaustein, Angelica Dass,Terry Evans, Sarina Finklestein, Andy Freeberg, Gigi Gatewood, Glenna Gordon,Patrick Gries, Lewis Koch, Julia Kozerski, Andrew Phelps, Cara Phillips, Evelyn Rydz, Phillip Toledano, Michael Wolf
May 9 - June 9 2014
PCP - Perth Centre for Photography
Winner of Judge's Commendation for Cyclorama Point
"CLIP 2014 is an international and exciting selection which charts the reaches of landscape in photography by a group of incisive and interesting photographers, who niggle and push at what landscape photography is and can be. This year, they have taken the medium into new conceptual realms, but also, always being acutely aware of the profoundly human position in the seemingly simple, but ever complex act of making or taking a photograph of the world around us. CLIP 2014 points to the persistence and relevance of the landscape in photography today. "
Leigh Robb, Curator, PICA, 2014 CLIP Award judge
Aug 23 - Sep 22 2013
Curated by Paola Anselmi
2013 is a milestone year for the Perth Centre for Photography. PCP is coming of age. It’s been an extraordinary journey of growth. From humble beginnings as the Photography Gallery of WA at the Bridge Gallery in William Street, to a second incarnation as the Photography Centre at ArtsHouse, and finally the Perth Centre for Photography on Brisbane Street and now in its new premises on Aberdeen street, the PCP’s future has never looked more positive. In over two decades of existence the PCP has made it its missions to foster, support and promote the best of photographic practice and practitioners in this state and beyond.
Momentum is a coming of age story. It's about looking back as well as ahead to new initiatives and growth.
September - October 2013
Graham Miller Photographs
One Eyed Jacks Gallery
Brighton, United Kingdom
"Miller’s rich, cinematic photos look American – perhaps because they mine the history of colour photography –but actually take place in his Australian homeland. Almost too perfect to be candid, they bring to mind Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s Hustlers series. Every bit as polished, but less neon, it’s more small town than big city, with nods in that direction towards Alec Soth’s Sleeping By The Mississippi."
August 9 2013 - Jan 9 2014
A robust selection of works from 27 photographers sourced from within the online photo/arts community, this exhibition explores the breadth and diversity of portrait picture-making today.While some images emphasize the construction of identity through race, gender and class, others question the relationship between individuality and the ways we classify ourselves according to cultural imperatives. At the core of these different approaches is the artists' exchange with their subjects and the creative inspirations that drive them to make images that push photographic portraiture forward.
Featured artist in IANN MAGAZINE Contemporary Art Photography in Asia
Vol.8 "Unfound in Australia" edited by Maurice Ortega
with Marian Drew, Graham Miller, Henri Van Noordenburg, Jacqui Stockdale, Justine Khamara, Magdalena Bors, Christian Thompson
Showcases some of Australia's most celebrated contemporary practitioners. Their engaging work, across a variety of media including painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, installation, new media and the moving image, photography, fashion and textiles, and Indigenous art, reveals the vital creativity of Australian artists today.
Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida, USA
The range and breadth of styles, techniques, themes and subject matter used by contemporary photographers presents a broadening and a deepening of the field of serious photography in ways that have re-energized and stimulated the entire profession. It was not so many years ago that so-called serious art photographers had just a few accepted styles, areas of practice and working methods that would be embraced by the worlds of museums, galleries, or in art publishing.
The photographers exhibited in Anthology 2012 represent much of this new range and are producing some of the most significant new work that is starting have an impact in the field. All of the artists are entering the solid core of their careers as their style and subject matter matures to reflect the concerns of a new generation of artists.
Featuring Anderson and Low, Mary Ellen Bartley, Jean-Christian Bourcart, John Chakeres, Dominic Chavez, Scott Dalton, Nicola Dill, Eliot Dudik, Judith Fox, Toni Greaves, Lauren Henkin, Alexandra Huddleston, Lisa Kessler, Alex Leme, Emma Livingston, Graham Miller, Jeffrey Milstein, Daniel Mirer, Dianora Niccolini, David Pace, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, David Rochkind, Jennifer Schlesinger-Hanson, Brad Temkin, Shen Wei
National Gallery of Victoria, Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne
This exhibition brings together a selection of contemporary art from the NGV Collection acquired through the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists. Reflecting the breadth of artistic practice in Australia over the past decade, Negotiating this world: Contemporary Australian Art includes more than 100 works by contemporary artists of diverse cultural backgrounds and practices. Encompassing a range of media, works in the exhibition include paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints, collage, video and installations.
Photographers aredoing what they’ve always done — looking at the land with a camera to explore,understand, critique and comment upon humankind’s relationship with nature. Thesubject matter has changed with each new generation, as have the impressions ofthe photographers behind the lens. This survey is by no means exhaustive but itdoes signal the beginning of a fertile new era in the ever-evolving landscapephoto tradition. It studies a cross-section of current landscape photography inthe documentary style. Most of these pictures depict actual places and theircontent says much about the United States and the American people. We live in apost-New Topographics landscape where an entiregeneration of photographers was born and raised in suburban sprawl. Wildernessis a foreign concept. Our environment has been significantly altered. We livewith nature at arm's length.These are 21st century photographic views;they're also personal perspectives that illustrate current practice inlandscape picture-making.
This digital exhibition curated by Andy Adams and Larissa Leclair was created to share the work of artists with an international online audience. Since launching in early November 100 Portraits has been viewed by more than 60,000 visitors from 24 countries and the project has been featured in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, aCurator.com and The Washington Post.
It was screened at Snap! Celebrate the Photograph in Orlando, the Head On Photography Festival in Sydney, and the New York Photo Festival in DUMBO Brooklyn. The exhibition received its first physical show in the summer of 2011 at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, Australia.
Art Gallery of Western Australia
An exhibition showcasing the creativity of twenty contemporary Western Australian artists of diverse backgrounds, age and experience. The exhibition includes a broad mix of media with painting, sculpture, design, photography, textile and filmic work, most of it new or recently created and representing some of the most compelling examples of contemporary practice by Western Australian artists.Featuring Daniel Argyle, Lydia Balbal, Jacqueline Ball, Helena Bogucki, Helen Britton, Paul Caporn, Jane Donlin, Tarryn Gill / Pilar Mata Dupont, Adam Goodrum, Jon Goulder, Thomas Jeppe, Laura Johnson, Siné MacPherson, Carlier Makigawa, Claire Martin, Graham Miller, Clare Peake, Justin Spiers, Juha Tolonen and Brendan Van Hek.
Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA
Photography as a medium has always been actively concerned with describing identity. While a portrait is typically an artistic representation of a person where verisimilitude is the goal, here the inquiry is questioned and expanded. Rather than employing a camera to create an objective document, the artists in this exhibition are often involved in constructing narrative sequences that pose questions with open-ended outcomes. As the title, The Truth is Not in the Mirror... suggests, photography has the power to imply, construct, and/or deny a narrative. Many of the photographers are contemporary storytellers and, in this sense, their work reflects facets of our ever-changing precepts about family, identity, truth and fiction.
Featuring Tina Barney, Claire Beckett, Valerie Belin, Dawoud Bey, Jesse Burke, Kelli Connell, Michael Corridore, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Jason Florio, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Andy Freeberg, Lee Friedlander, David Hockney, Nikki S. Lee, Graham Miller, Martin Parr, Thomas Ruff, The Sartorialist, Alec Soth, Will Steacy, Larry Sultan, and Mickalene Thomas.
October 22 - November 13 2011
Turner Galleries, Perth
"...an intuitive attention to light is the link binding hauntingly graceful images, summoning the viewer to conjure a private narrative"
Lyn Diciero, The West Australian October 6
July 29 - August 22 2010
Varying perspectives from a journey into China by four of Perth's leading photographers
Kevin Ballantine, Mike Gray, Graham Miller, Juha Tolonen
January edition 2011 with Kirsty Logan
Abe's Penny is a micro-magazine
Each issue is a four-part series featuring an image and text collaboration printed on postcards. Subscribers receive one postcard every week, with a new series beginning each month.
Abe's Penny is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Independently published by sisters Anna and Tess Knoebel, Abe's Penny seeks to change the way our overscheduled and overstimulated audience consume art and literature.
Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth Australia
Curated by Sally Quinn
This exhibition presents a range of creative responses to the urban landscape of Perth, a city whose physical fabric appears to be in a state of continual and often radical transition.
Featuring Kevin Ballantine, Rebecca Dagnall, Eva Fernandez, Karin Gottschalk, Michael Gray, Mark McPherson, Graham Miller, Tony Nathan, Max Pam, Juha Tolonen, Toni Wilkinson
Selected by Andy Adams from FlakPhoto as July 2008 Critic's Choice at the Griffin Museum of Photography, USA
Nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography 2008
Chosen as one of the top six finalists for the Critical Mass Book Award by 200 of the world's best curators, photo editors and photographic professionals.
May 18 - Jun 12 2005
The Church Gallery
Graham Miller, Max Pam, Brad Rimmer, Ben Sullivan