Keith Milow

“The objects invoke a time when fine detailing was obligatory for every product from manhole covers to ornamental finials. The illusionist metal surfaces given to the sculptures are made of artificially oxidised metal powder and evoke the transience of even the most lasting materials. Milow’s objects are beautiful and impressive in their scale and precision, and are fitting monuments for modernism: artificial but still substantial.”

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  • 20th Century IX, 36 x 36 x 2, Iron, Resin and Fiberglass
  • Twentieth Century XVII, 27.5 x 27.5 x 6, Iron, Resin and Fiberglass
  • Black & Red Sculpture, 68 x 49 x 12, Iron, Resin and Fiberglass
  • Eindhoven, 35 x 24 x 10, Iron, Resin and Fiberglass
  • De Chirico, 46 x 21 x 8, Iron, Resin and Fiberglass

Keith Milow

From: Amsterdam, originally London | Medium: Resin, fiberglass, and iron

A prolific sculptor, painter and installation artist, Keith Milow was born in England (1945), lived and worked in New York for fifteen years and now lives in Amsterdam. Milow’s unique sculptures are seemingly made from solid metals and glowing with rich patinas of rust, verdigris or oily black. These monumental reliefs, many of them with raised letters spelling out Milow’s personal selection of names from the 20th-century pantheon of famous artists, continue his synthesis of minimalist forms, almost painterly mottled surfaces, classical and industrial architecture references and postmodern textual/conceptual strategies.

Most of the pieces, which are actually fiberglass and resin coated with an iron (or occasionally copper) wash, consist of shallow concentric tiers embossed with rings of names spelled out in capital letters. The objects invoke a time when fine detailing was obligatory for every product from manhole covers to ornamental finials. The illusionist metal surfaces given to the sculptures are made of artificially oxidised metal powder and evoke the transience of even the most lasting materials. Milow’s objects are beautiful and impressive in their scale and precision, and are fitting monuments for modernism: artificial but still substantial. Selected Public Collections include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, Tate Gallery, London, and the Henry Moore Foundation, UK. 

Press

“The multiplicity of signs and symbols, which are deployed with elegance and faultless judgment for playing on these surfaces, is astonishing. Not surprisingly, since Milow is a sculptor, the shapes are fully volumetric. Balls appear to float weightlessly against an airy background, architectural elements appear to be extruded from the surface, and curlicues wind around like ribbons round a maypole.”  – Mary Rose Beaumont

Collection & Exhibits

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
Tate Gallery, London
Henry Moore Foundation, United Kingdom
Denver Art Museum, Denver
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Pecos Benedictine Monastery, Pecos, New Mexico
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City
Goldman Sachs, New York City & London

Keith Milow

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