Lord Love You: Works by RA Miller in Athens, GA

August 20, 2009 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

OK, I have a flurry of posts to catchup on, but I am sad that I got this email AFTER I returned home from Atlanta (in my pretend world, I would have had time to run up to Athens and see this show.) Here is the press release:

The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) is proud to announce the publication of “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection,” a catalogue that accompanies the exhibition of the same name organized by GMOA for the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Ga., on view now through Oct. 24, 2009.

Born in 1912 in Rabbittown, just outside of Gainesville, Ga., Reuben Aaron “R.A.” Miller spent most of his life working in cotton mills and as an itinerant Free Will Baptist preacher. After retiring due to a back injury and glaucoma in the late 1970s, Miller realized his calling and began creating art full-time. Inspired by nature, popular culture and his personal life, Miller’s works take as their subjects animals and other “critters,” angels, devils and members of his family.

By the mid-1980s, Miller’s lawn was completely decorated with hundreds of his whirligigs and other works. In 1984, Athens-based rock group R.E.M., along with filmmaker Jim Herbert, chose Miller’s home as the setting for their “Left of Reckoning” video. Although Miller considered his work “junk,” not art, his popularity continued to increase. Since his death in 2006, Miller has been recognized as one of the great self-taught artists of the South.

This full-color hardback book, the first such publication to address Miller’s work, illustrates many of the objects in the exhibition (from tin cut-outs to whirligigs and paintings on found objects) and includes a contextualizing essay on the artist’s place in American visual culture by curator Paul Manoguerra; a transcript of Manoguerra’s interview of collector Carl Mullis and Durwood Pepper, a folk artist in his own right and a close friend of Miller’s; a checklist of the exhibition and more. The catalogue retails for $25, measures 8.5 x 11 inches, and is both published and distributed by the Georgia Museum of Art. You can purchase copies from the Georgia Museum of Art Shop here: http://bit.ly/SgYQI and copies of the limited-edition poster produced for the exhibition here: http://bit.ly/hm6gu

A schedule of wholesale costs is available here: http://www.uga.edu/gamuseum/publications/Docs/wholesaleorderform.pdf

And more information about large orders can be found at this link:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hillary Brown

Bookmark the GMOA blog: http://gmoa.blogspot.com


Entry filed under: book review, Georgia Museum of Art, RA Miller, self-taught artist.

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