Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan is a distinguished artist based in New York City, known for his profound exploration of beauty, the unconscious, body modification, and gender performance. His work spans photography, painting, and multimedia installations, inviting viewers to engage with complex social and psychological themes.

Milan’s artistic journey began at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography and Painting in 2001. His formative years included an influential residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2003. Milan further honed his craft and conceptual approach by obtaining a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Yale University in 2004.

Throughout his career, Milan has sustained a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the unconscious. His work often touches on subjects such as body modification and gender performance, challenging traditional notions and inviting viewers to reconsider societal norms. Milan’s art is not only visually captivating but also intellectually stimulating, blending aesthetic beauty with critical commentary.

Wardell Milan’s work has been widely recognized and is featured in prestigious collections across the globe, including:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Brooklyn Museum, New York
  • Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
  • UBS Art Collection
  • Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation, Paris
  • Hall Art Foundation
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Milan’s contributions to contemporary art are significant, with his works serving as a catalyst for discussions around identity, beauty, and societal constructs. His ability to weave intricate narratives through various mediums has solidified his standing as a critical voice in the art world.

Wardell Milan continues to inspire and challenge audiences, pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and its role in reflecting and shaping cultural dialogues.

Wardell Milan Red Flower, 2012