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Johnnie Chatman Exhibiting at Fraenkel Gallery's "Another West"

This fall, Fraenkel Gallery presents "Another West", curated by American photographer Richard Misrach. Comprised of work by eleven established and emerging artists, the exhibition surveys contemporary approaches to the Western landscape, and features the work of recent MFA Photo/Video graduate Johnnie Chatman.

The artists shown in "Another West" use a variety of strategies to reveal the consequences and aftermath of the American concept of Manifest Destiny. While juxtaposed against an exhibition of Carlton Watkin prints, Chatman's works are in direct dialogue with an array of contemporary artists including Lewis deSoto, Mercedes Dorame, Mishka Henner, Nancy Holt, Zig Jackson, An-My Lê, Meghann Riepenhoff, Ed Ruscha, David Benjamin Sherry, and Tabitha Soren.

Self Portrait , Cascade Falls, 2016

Self Portrait, Cascade Falls, 2016

Johnnie Chatman (B. 1990) is a lens-based artist residing in New York City. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Chatman's work has been featured in exhibitions across the United States including at the De Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), Claremont Museum of Art (Claremont, CA), and Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR). He has been the recipient of the Beth Block Travel Grant, School of Visual Arts Alumni Scholarship Award, Alice-Beck Odette Scholarship and a department assistantship from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been featured in publications including PDN EDU, All The Best Alice, Rucksack Magazine, The Bold Italic, VoyageLA and Zoetrope All-Story.

The exhibition, "Another West" will run from Sep. 6th through Oct. 19th, 2019 kicking off Fraenkel's 40th anniversary. The reception will take place on Sep. 12th with a curator-led walkthrough on Saturday, Sep. 14th.

Self Portrait , Grand Canyon, 2016

Self Portrait, Grand Canyon, 2016

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.