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Wardell Milan Biography

New York-based artist Wardell Milan works in mixed media, combining elements of photography, drawing, painting, and collage. His recent series Parisian Landscapes explores the duality between marginalization and freedom of expression, imagining spaces where the marginalized body is able to express itself and move about the world freely.

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Milan's collages often incorporate cut-out photographs, including iconic works by Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as Charles Hoff's images of boxers in The Fights. He also has been inspired by such varied sources and artists as Francis Bacon, Robert Gober, the films of Federico Fellini, bodybuilding magazines, the absurdist plays of Eugène Ionesco, and E.J. Bellocq's photographs of the Storyville district of New Orleans.

Wardell Milan (b. 1977, Knoxville, Tennessee) studied photography and painting at the University of Tennessee and Yale University. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; UBS Art Collection; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Milan's work was the subject of the 2015 monograph between late summer and early fall, edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz and published by Osmos Books.

Wardell Milan Featured Artworks

Erwin Norton by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Wardell MilanErwin Norton, 2018Charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil pastel, acrylic paint cut-and-paste paper on hand dyed paper
106.7 x 71.1 cm
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Amerika: Klansman, Patty by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork works on paper
Wardell MilanAmerika: Klansman, Patty, 2020Cut and pasted printed paper
27.9 x 38.7 cm
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Untitled (Tulip, Tennessee no. 1) by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Wardell MilanUntitled (Tulip, Tennessee no. 1), 2020Oil, charcoal, graphite, pastel & china marker on panel
51 x 61 cm
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Edward by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork works on paper, photography
Wardell MilanEdward, 2019Cut and pasted printed paper
27.9 x 23.2 cm
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Be a good boy and put this on by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Wardell MilanBe a good boy and put this on, 2020Charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, colour pencil, pastel, oil pastel, china marker, yupo paper, polaroid film, cut out and pasted paper on inkjet print
101.6 x 147 cm
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Fighting out of Antiquity by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Wardell MilanFighting out of Antiquity, 2020Charcoal, graphite, oil pastel, pastel, cut and pasted paper on two inkjet prints
101.6 x 101.3 cm
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Andres by Wardell Milan contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Wardell MilanAndres, 2019Cut and pasted printed paper, charcoal, graphite and colour pencil on Yupo paper
31.8 x 24.1 cm
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Wardell Milan Represented By

Fraenkel Gallery contemporary art gallery in San Francisco, USA Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco
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