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Fraenkel Gallery presents first West Coast exhibition of Wardell Milan

Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco proud to present the first West Coast exhibition of New York-based artist and MFA Photo/Video faculty member Wardell Milan. Milan's work will be exhibited January 3 – February 16th, 2019 with an opening reception to take place on Saturday, January 5th. On view will be new work by Milan in mixed media, photo-collage, drawing and painting, including a number of large-scale works incorporating cut-and-collaged photographs.

Wardell Milan,  Mortal Men , 2018

Wardell Milan, Mortal Men, 2018

Throughout his practice, Wardell Milan sustains a thoughtful inquiry into the nature of beauty and the unconscious, touching on topics such as body modification and gender performance.

From a recent group of significant works on paper, two approximately six- by eight-foot drawings (both 2018) present dynamic groups of enigmatic individuals cast within idyllic scenery, which the artist animates with an architectural swirl of geometric patterning. In making these works, Milan also takes a journey through the history of photography – invoking Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others – seeking out compositional ideas and physiognomic cues in an array of iconic imagery.

Wardell Milan,  Romantic Sunset , 2017

Wardell Milan, Romantic Sunset, 2017

Works by the artist may be found in the collections of 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; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Liz Deschenes and Sol LeWitt at Fraenkel Gallery

Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, CA is pleased to present simultaneous exhibitions of three important wall drawings by Sol LeWitt, with new photographs by SVA faculty and artist Liz Deschenes. Deschenes’s recent work, loosely inspired by LeWitt, will appear with the wall drawings in the gallery’s Geary Street space.

Installed in the same galleries, Liz Deschenes’s new imageless photographs use photographic means to explore conceptual possibilities cracked open by LeWitt. Her photograms are a direct record of atmospheric conditions during the process of their production: light, humidity, and the outside temperature, among other factors, determine the surface of the final works.

The exhibition will run from September 7 through October 28th 2017. For more information please click here.

Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery. 

Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery. 

Liz Deschenes (b. 1966, Boston) lives and works in New York and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1988. She teaches at Bennington College and is a visiting artist at Columbia University’s School of Visual Arts and Yale University. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, among others. Recently, Deschenes was the subject of solo exhibitions at MASS MoCA and the Walker Art Center.

Video Courtesy of Institute of Contemporary Art- Boston.