Alex Kwartler

Adjunct Instructor

Alex Kwartler lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 2014 he presented a solo show entitled A Superficial Lyric at Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York. His work has been included in group exhibitions at White Columns, Bortolami Gallery, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Martos Gallery, Casey Kaplan, Petzel Gallery, Wallspace and MoMA P.S.1. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Frieze, Artforum, Art in America and is featured in Painting Abstraction published by Phaidon Press. He received his MFA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY.

Installation view: Alex Kwartler at Magenta Plains

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