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BIO

2020 | My first book, Stanley Whitney (London: Lund Humphries), publishes April 13 in the UK and August 3 in the US. Barry Schwabsky writes:

‘Matthew Jeffrey Abrams does something in this book that’s harder than it sounds: he talks about Stanley Whitney’s paintings in the only way they can be talked about–by way of attentive and prolonged looking.’

2019 | Visiting Critic, Parsons Fine Arts

2017 | PhD, Yale University, History of Art. Dissertation title: ‘Alternative Modernisms: collective creativity in interwar America’

2016 | (Nomination) PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

2014 | A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

SELECT WORK

Stanley Whitney (London: Lund Humphries) [sole author] [forthcoming: April]

“Stanley Whitney’s Roman Years,” Gagosian Quarterly [forthcoming: February]

“Allen Ginsberg Takes the Mound,” BOMB Magazine  [press coverage]

“Goodbye, Mister Starfish,” Conjunctions, M.J. Rey, (pseud.)

“The Politics of Dancing,” BOMB Magazine

“Nicolas Party,” in Unrealism: New Figurative Painting (New York: Rizzoli, 2019)

“Upon seeing Carrie Stettheimer,” in Andrea Geyer: Dance in a Future with All Present (New York: Dancing Foxes Press, 2019)

“Painting at the margins,” in Virginia Jaramillo (New York: Hales Gallery, 2018)

“Habeas Corpus: One Hundred Years of Egon Schiele,” Even Magazine

“The Stettheimer Set: Andrea Geyer, Nicole Eisenman, and Jutta Koether,” Even Magazine [anthologized: Even More, 2018]

“Inuit Antinomies: The going-native of Rockwell Kent and the shaming of Leni Riefenstahl,” Apricota (1:1) [peer-reviewed]

“Illuminated Critique: The Kent Moby-Dick,” Word & Image (33:4) [peer-reviewed]

“The Stettheimer Salon,” in, Matthias Mühling and Karin Althaus, eds., Florine Stettheimer (Munich: Hirmer, 2014)

“In Search of Lost Words: The Films of Sky Hopinka,” The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Meeting Agnes Martin’s Gabriel,” Affidavit

“Studio Visit: Alvaro Barrington at MoMA PS1,” BOMB Magazine

“Chimera: Vaginal Davis & Louise Nevelson,” BOMB Magazine

“Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry,” Burlington Magazine

 

CONTACT

 

MATT [AT] MATTHEWJEFFREYABRAMS [DOT] COM