Portraits by Nick Miller are the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: For 40 days, painter Nick Miller churned out likenesses.

(Courtesy Nick Miller)

These dashing portraits of New York critics David Cohen and Joseph Wolin (both friends of mine) are part of a 40-day, 40-portrait campaign waged by Irish painter Nick Miller, when he was in residence this fall in a Brooklyn studio. Miller isn’t a painter so much by profession, as by ontology. His practice is all about facing up to what being a painter could mean, at this late date, and to what is involved in using paint to encounter the world. The result, often, seems to be a kind of “painting degree zero” – just making representation happen, without thinking too much about style or manner. It’s as if Samuel Beckett had written, “I can’t paint, I will paint.”

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