Wardell Milan, ‘Untitled (Female Flexing)’, 2013, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

Wardell Milan is well known for both his works on paper featuring boxers and bodybuilders, and his surreal collages of women. Untitled (Female Flexing) bridges the two, evoking the grotesque juxtaposition of an exquisite corpse drawing. Milan’s work is in major permanent collections, including the Studio Museum in Harlem; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently represented by David Nolan Gallery, New York.


Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery

About Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan brings a photographically trained eye to his drawings, collages, dioramas, and works on paper. In his practice, he explores themes of personal identity and the physicality of the body, often drawing inspiration from sports culture, pornography, and fashion. Milan simultaneously evokes the beautiful and the grotesque in a single captivating image. He is well known for his charcoal and collage depictions of famous boxers in the arena and portraits of women and flowers morphing into one another.

American, b. 1978, Tennessee, based in New York, New York