I’m a writer living in New York City. My recent op-ed in The Guardian about being a teenage narcotrafficker went viral and became the most viewed article on the site for three consecutive days. My short story “Goodbye, Mister Starfish” appeared in Conjunctions and earned a nomination for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. I also hold a Ph.D. from Yale in art history and I was formerly the A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. My work appears regularly in magazines, periodicals, monographs, and exhibition catalogs, and I’m currently developing three book-length projects: a monograph on the artist Florine Stettheimer, a counter-history of opium, and a novel.

I also run an experimental art-criticism project on Instagram. With more than 14,000 followers, the project blends the instantaneity of social media with the close-looking of art history. I later started Four On The Floor, a newsletter extension about New York culture.

 

About Matthew Jeffrey Abrams

I’m a writer living in New York City. My recent op-ed in The Guardian about being a teenage narcotrafficker went viral and became the most viewed article on the site for three consecutive days. My short story “Goodbye, Mister Starfish” appeared in Conjunctions and earned a nomination for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. I also hold a Ph.D. from Yale in art history and I was formerly the A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. My work appears regularly in magazines, periodicals, monographs, and exhibition catalogs, and I’m currently developing three book-length projects: a monograph on the artist Florine Stettheimer, a counter-history of opium, and a novel.

I also run an experimental art-criticism project on Instagram. With more than 14,000 followers, the project blends the instantaneity of social media with the close-looking of art history. I later started Four On The Floor, a newsletter extension about New York culture.

 

About Matthew Jeffrey Abrams

features ~ essays ~ criticism

The Guardian

As an OxyContin junkie at Yale, I saw how my addiction helped fund the university

Jeremy Moon (Prestel: New York, forthcoming)

Off the Grid: The Painted Planes of Jeremy Moon

Revolt, We Said (Dancing Foxes Press/Portland Institute of Contemporary Art: New York, forthcoming)

Upon Seeing Constellation: Carrie Stettheimer

Affidavit

Meeting Gabriel

The Los Angeles Review of Books

In Search of Lost Words: The Work of Sky Hopinka

Coming Home: Modernism and the Shchukin Collection

Even Magazine

Habeas Corpus, or Notes on Egon Schiele

The Stettheimer Set

BOMB Magazine

Studio Visit: Margaux Ogden

Songs for Sabotage: The 2018 New Museum Triennial

Form of History: An Interview with Andrea Geyer

Looking Back on 2017: Film & Television

Alvaro Barrington at MoMA PS1

Chimera: Vaginal Davis & Louise Nevelson

Burlington Magazine

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

The Rockwell Kent Review

The Maritime Masculine

Florine Stettheimer (Munich: Hirmer, 2014)

The Stettheimer Salon

fiction

Conjunctions

Goodbye, Mister Starfish

refereed articles

 Word & Image

Illuminated Critique: The Kent Moby-Dick

Apricota

Inuit Encounters: The Going-Native of Rockwell Kent and the Shaming of Leni Riefenstahl

awards

Nomination: PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

 

view my entire cv here

features ~ essays ~ criticism

The Guardian

As an OxyContin junkie at Yale, I saw how my addiction helped fund the university

Jeremy Moon (Prestel: New York, forthcoming))

Off the Grid: The Painted Planes of Jeremy Moon

Revolt, We Said (Dancing Foxes Press/Portland Institute of Contemporary Art: New York, forthcoming)

Upon Seeing Constellation: Carrie Stettheimer

Affidavit

Meeting Gabriel

The Los Angeles Review of Books

In Search of Lost Words: The Work of Sky Hopinka

Coming Home: Modernism and the Shchukin Collection

Even Magazine

Habeas Corpus, or Notes on Egon Schiele

The Stettheimer Set

BOMB Magazine

Studio Visit: Margaux Ogden

Songs for Sabotage: The 2018 New Museum Triennial

Form of History: An Interview with Andrea Geyer

Looking Back on 2017: Film & Television

Alvaro Barrington at MoMA PS1

Chimera: Vaginal Davis & Louise Nevelson

Burlington Magazine

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

The Rockwell Kent Review

The Maritime Masculine

Florine Stettheimer (Munich: Hirmer, 2014)

The Stettheimer Salon

fiction

Conjunctions

Goodbye, Mister Starfish

refereed articles

 Word & Image

Illuminated Critique: The Kent Moby-Dick

Apricota

Inuit Encounters: The Going-Native of Rockwell Kent and the Shaming of Leni Riefenstahl

awards

Nomination: PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

 

view my entire cv here

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