About Matthew Jeffrey Abrams

I’m a Los Angeles-born, New York-based writer, critic, and scholar. In 2017, I completed my Ph.D. in the History of Art at Yale University, where I specialized in the history and sociology of modernism. I now live in Brooklyn and write fiction, nonfiction, and scholarship.

My fiction was recently published in Conjunctions and I was a 2016 nominee for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. I’m currently writing my first novel.

My short-form nonfiction and art/literary criticism have been published in major magazines and outlets like BOMB Magazine, Even MagazineThe Los Angeles Review of Books, The Burlington Magazineand more. I’m currently writing my first book-length work of narrative nonfiction.

My scholarly writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs and peer-reviewed journals like Word & Image. My first book, which is based on my dissertation, was formally solicited by Duke University PressYou can go here to view all my current and forthcoming projects.

I also founded Four On The Floor, a regular blogazine and newsletter about art in New York. During my regular travels across New York’s cultural landscape, I make note of the most interesting artworks, exhibitions, lectures, and performances currently “on the floor,” and then I share them with my subscribers.

More than a “what’s hot,” or even a flash review, Four On The Floor is a space for me to share my idiosyncratic meditations on art. It’s an outlet for me–a place to publish my thoughts about the things that I encounter daily. You can subscribe below:


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