Wardell Milan

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Wardell Milan
Born 1978
Knoxville, TN
Nationality American
Education University of Tennessee
Yale School of Art

Wardell Milan is a New York City based visual artist known for works on paper: drawings and collage, often blended together. He is also known for photographs of dense semi-autobiographical tabletop dioramas. His drawings generally incorporate figures, and are said to occupy a "space between beauty and ugliness."[1]

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1978, from an early age he exhibited an artistic talent, and by the age of four drew regularly in a home studio provided by his parents,[2] Wardell Sr. and Linda Milan.[3] After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2001,[4][5] he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.[6] While pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts at Yale University School of Art, from which he graduated in 2004, he focused on blending his childhood drawing with photography and collage, ultimately producing dioramas to photograph.[2] In 2006 he joined the Studio Museum in Harlem as artist in residence,[7][8] resulting in a 2007 show,[9] and that year he was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.[4]

His first solo show in 2005, one year out of school, was glowingly reviewed by The New York Times: "Mr. Milan's work has plenty of finesse, but also feels flexible, on a growth curve. An auspicious debut."[10] The same publication called his 2010 exhibition of drawings "inspired."[11]

The Whitney Museum of American Art[12] and the Museum of Modern Art[13] have acquired several pieces for their permanent collections.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Louis B. James.[14]


External links[edit]

  1. YouTube Video: Life+Times, Exhibition at Bronx Museum including Wardell Milan
  2. YouTube Video: Guernica Magazine, Studio Interview of Wardell Milan