RIP Art Dealer and Gallery Owner Robert Miller

From The Awl:

Robert Miller, art dealer and sometime-painter, died yesterday (6/22) in Miami, the Robert Miller Gallery confirmed today. Miller got his start at the André Emmerich gallery in the ‘60s. After a dozen years there, the Robert Miller Gallery opened (in a partnership with his wife, Betsy) in 1977 at its first location, on Fifth Avenue.

At one time or another, the gallery represented and exhibited Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Mapplethorpe, Milton Resnick, Alice Neel, Patti Smith, Renee Cox, Bruce Weber; Alex Katz and Larry Rivers showed at the gallery; they hired future dealer John Cheim at the age of 24 (who now represents many of those artists); and he knew nearly every painter that worked in the period from 1960 to 1990. “It took five years for the gallery to develop its reputation for chic, for scholarly revisionism, for its careful selection of highly priced blue chip art, and for its disdain of the macho school of painting,” wrote New York magazine in 1988. The gallery bearing his name remains in its location in West Chelsea [at 524 West 26th Street].”

No word yet on the cause of death, but Miller had a history of health issues. The last show I remember seeing at the Robert Miller Gallery was last October’s collection of selected works by Robert Mapplethorpe. Good stuff. RIP Robert Miller. I will think fondly of you whenever I am at your gallery.

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