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Matthew Jeffrey Abrams is an essayist and critic. In 2017 he received a PhD from Yale in the History of Art, where he was the A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. His first book, a monograph on the painter Stanley Whitney, is forthcoming with Lund Humphries, while his second book, a critique of opium culture, is underway. He is represented by Amanda Annis at Trident Media.

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Matthew Jeffrey Abrams is an essayist and critic. In 2017 he received a PhD from Yale in the History of Art, where he was the A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. His first book, a monograph on the painter Stanley Whitney, is forthcoming with Lund Humphries, while his second book, a critique of opium culture, is underway. He is represented by Amanda Annis at Trident Media.

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“As an OxyContin ‘junkie’ at Yale, I saw how my addiction helped fund the university,” The Guardian

“Allen Ginsberg Takes the Mound,” BOMB Magazine

“The Politics of Dancing,” BOMB Magazine

“Nicolas Party,” in Unrealisms (New York: Rizzoli, 2019)

“Off the Grid: The Painted Planes of Jeremy Moon,” in Jeremy Moon (New York: Prestel, 2019)

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

“Upon seeing Carrie Stettheimer,” in Andrea Geyer: Revolt, They Said (New York: Dancing Foxes Press, 2019)

“The Stettheimer Set: Andrea Geyer, Nicole Eisenman, and Jutta Koether,” Even Magazine

“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

“Goodbye, Mister Starfish,” Conjunctions 68 (written under pseudonym, M.J. Rey)

“The Photography of Janice Guy,” BOMB Magazine

“Looking back on 2018,” BOMB Magazine

“Studio Visit: Margaux Ogden,” BOMB Magazine

“Meeting Gabriel,” Affidavit

“Songs of Sabotage: The 2018 New Museum Triennial,” BOMB Magazine

“Studio Visit: Andrea Geyer,” BOMB Magazine

“Flesh Matters: One Hundred Years of Egon Schiele,” Even Magazine #9 (January, 2018)

“Looking Back on 2017: Art & Film,” BOMB Magazine

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

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

“Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry,” Burlington Magazine

“Coming Home: Modernism and the Shchukin Collection,” The Los Angeles Review of Books

“The Maritime Masculine,” Rockwell Kent Review (43:1)

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

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

 

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

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