Wardell Milan
Riddle, NYC


Riddle, NYC is a limited edition of images overlaid and hand-finished by the artist, rendering each print  one-of-a-kind and unique.

Wardell Milan (b. 1977, Knoxville, Tennessee) is a New York-based artist whose practice is conceptually grounded in photography, often using photographs as initial inspiration behind a composition of drawings and collages. Milan’s ongoing series Death, Wine, Revolt, explores themes of over-indulgence, destruction, and revolution, while earlier series such as Parisian Landscapes looked inward to personal questions of freedom and desire. Referencing artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Andres Serrano, Alec Soth, and Eugene Richards, Milan appropriates, and in some cases re-appropriates the photographs, and thus the bodies depicted. Milan also uses images and objects to establish allegorical connections between history and contemporary events. Milan’s works are held in collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum, 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, among others.


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