Power and Beauty | Wardell Milan

There is an immediate muscular strength to Wardell’s work. The images are fragmented as by some awesome force leaving behind a dissonance. His work makes you take a second look as questions begin to surface.

Wardell Milan grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned an MFA at Yale University (2004). After graduate school Milan moved to New York where he exhibited in Frequency (2005) curated by Thelma Golden and Christine Y. Kim at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Greater New York (2005) curated by Klaus Biesenbach at MoMA PS1 and Log Cabin (2005) curated by Jeffrey Uslip at Artists Space. With his first show abroad, La Beaute de l'Enfer (2005) at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels and his first solo gallery show at Taxter and Spengemann Gallery (2005). Art critic for the The New York Times, Holland Cotter concluded, "Mr. Milan's work has plenty of finesse, but also feels flexible, on a growth curve an auspicious debut" (NYT, December 16, 2005).

He installed solo exhibitions at public institutions: Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis (2008) and Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis (2010), while being included in the group show Mixed Signals, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2011). He was included in anthologies such as Yourself in the World: Selected Writings and Interviews, edited by Glenn Ligon,, Scott Rothkopf (2011, Yale University Press) and Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (2013, Phaidon Press), and received grants from Art Matters (2011) and Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2014).

Most recently Wardell Milan has been exhibiting selections from ongoing bodies of work on paper and photography such as A Series of Inspiring Women (2012), at Louis B. James Gallery in New York, Kingdom or Exile: Parisian Landscapes (2013), at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, and (Show Untitled) Parisian Landscapes (2014), curated by Isolde Brielmaier, at Osmos Address, New York, and The Charming Hour(2015) at David Nolan Gallery.

Existe una fuerza muscular inmediata en el trabajo de Wardell. Sus imágenes están fragmentadas por una increíble fuerza que deja una disonancia tras de ella. Su trabajo te obliga a echar un segundo vistazo en el momento que las preguntas comienzan a emerger.

Wardell Milan creció en Knoxville, Tennessee y obtuvo un Master en Bellas Artes por la Universidad de Yale (2004). Tras graduarse, Milan se trasladó a Nueva York donde ha expuesto en Frecuency (2005) comisariada por Thelma Golden y Chirstine Y. Kim en el Studio Museum en Harlem, Greater New York (2005) comisariada por Klaus Biesenbach en MoMA PS1 y Log Cabin (2005) comisariada por Jeffrey Uslip en Artists Space. Con su primera exposición internacional, La Beaute de l'Enfer (2005) en la galería Rodolphe Janssen en Bruselas y su primera exposición individual en la galería Taxter y Spengemann (2005), el crítico de arte de The New York Times, Holland Cotter, concluyo: "El trabajo de Milan tiene una gran finura, pero también se siente flexible, en una espiral de crecimiento con un auspicioso debut" (NYT, 16 de Diciembre de 2005).

Wardell Milan realizado instalaciones individuales recientemente en instituciones públicas como: Franklin Art Works en Minneapolis (2008) y en la galería Clough-Hanson, Rhodes College, Memphis (2010); simultáneamente ha sido incluido en exposiciones colectivas como Mixed Signals, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2011). También ha sido incluido en antologías como Yourself in the World: Selected Writings and Interviews, editado por Glenn Ligon, Scott Rothkopf (2011, Yale University Press) y Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (2013, Phaidon Press), y ha recibido becas como Art Matters (2011) y la Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2014).

Más recientemente Wardell Milan ha expuesto una selección de trabajos en proceso en papel y fotografía como A Series of Inspiring Women (2012), en la Louis B. James Gallery de Nueva York, Kingdom or Exile: Parisian Landscapes (2013), en el Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, y (Show Untitled) Parisian Landscapes (2014), comisariado por Isolde Brielmaier en Osmos Address, Nueva York, y The Charming Hour (2015) en la David Nolan Gallery.

Various untitled pieces by Wardell Milan

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