In Beverly Hills…Gagosian Los Angeles celebrates the art of Bennett Miller. The gallery hosted an opening art party on January 11, 2024. However, the exhibition will run through February 10, 2024.
Gagosian Bennett Miller
The artist, Bennett Miller is an Academy Award–nominated director who had his first exhibition with Gagosian in New York in 2023. This exhibition of prints by Miller was produced artist a DALL•E image generator. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in California.
With these works, Miller continues to link the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) with the history of the photographic image. He poses questions around the contingent as well as the enigmatic nature of perception. The results are imbued with a melancholic aura that manifests from the experience of loss and also the inexorable passage of time. With their sepia tones and grainy textures, the prints intimate a liminal state of a world in flux. Their subjects are quietly surreal, their distinct ambiguity and ethereal qualities resisting reasoned interpretation.
A central image of the exhibition is that of a Melvillean whale whose body rests on a theatrical stage, an anonymous figure in silhouette standing before it. The scenario evokes a jarring dislocation from the natural order and the disquieting application of human intelligence and ingenuity.
The anonymity of Miller’s image of a mother and child and the eerie haziness of his depiction of a uniformed army cadet are similarly evocative of modernity’s disjunctions. A recurring motif that probes the individual’s place within a collective march forward, when considered as a work created with AI, becomes a meta-commentary on the role of technology in art.
With their uncanny atmosphere, Miller’s works draw on historical attempts to produce believable images of invented phenomena. This includes spiritualist photographs and Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths’s staged shots of the “Cottingley Fairies.” The newest studies of people and places in the current exhibition represent a temporal hop forward from the late nineteenth-century aesthetics that characterized Miller’s debut exhibition to include works evocative of early-to-mid-twentieth-century America. While still hovering on the edge of recognizability, they frustrate any attempt at precise naming or location, as they envision imagined histories beyond the reach of memory and echo sentiments of nostalgia, loss, and the ephemeral nature of existence.
Established by Larry Gagosian in Los Angeles in 1980, Gagosian is a global gallery specializing in modern and contemporary art. The gallery employs more than 300 people at 19 exhibition spaces across the United States, Europe, as well as Asia. In addition to its galleries, Gagosian is at the forefront of the digital marketplace with innovative online viewing rooms. These online viewing rooms are timed to coincide with major art fairs.
On view: January 11, 2024 – February 10, 2024
What: Bennett Miller
Where: Gagosian, 456 North Camden, Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
When: Running through February 10, 2024
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