writer | builder | scholar
I love writing essays and I love writing code. I hold a PhD from Yale in Art History and I publish widely on modern and contemporary culture.
I am also an engineer at Grafana, the world's leading cloud-observability and data-visualization platform.
Find below a select list of projects (for a more complete list, view my CV here and my GitHub profile here).
Stanley Whitney | Lund Humphries | 2020
Stanley Whitney, the first full-length monograph on one of America's greatest living painters, is now avaible on Amazon and in bookstores worldwide.
Barry Schwabsky, art critic for The Nation, 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...from the very first page, when Abrams begins to describe Whitney's 2017 canvas Night Cafe, you know you're in the hands of a writer who is unfazed by the nuances and vissicitudes of hue..."
Thelma Golden, Director of The Studio Museum, Harlem, writes:
"This text by Matthew Jeffrey Abrams beautifully captures the lyricism and vibrancy of Stanley's work while also rooting his practice within a deep art-historical tradition."
A fragment from Stanley Whitney was adapted and published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Gagosian Quarterly.
As an Oxycontin 'junkie' at Yale... | The Guardian | 2018
an opinion piece exploring Yale's fraught relationship to the opioid crisis
Alan Ginsberg Takes the Mound | BOMB Magazine | 2019
an essay about Ginsberg throwing the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game
a concurrent and pure-Elixir port of the Knuth-Liang hyphenation algorithm
The Politics of Dancing | BOMB Magazine | 2019
an essay for Theory + Practice: a series supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
Habeas Corpus | Even Magazine | 2019
an essay on Egon Schiele, 100 years after his death
a Prometheus exporter for monitoring & analyzing Grafana Labs' technical documentation
Color Matter(s) in Bosco Sodi | Rizzoli | 2020
an essay exploring Bosco Sodi's use of color
matt [at] matthewjeffreyabrams [dot] com