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Christina Quarles

Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London<br>Photo: Ilona Szwarc

Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London
Photo: Ilona Szwarc

Christina Quarles (b. 1985) is a Los Angeles-based artist, whose practice works to dismantle and question assumptions and ingrained beliefs surrounding identity and the human figure. Born in Chicago and raised by her mother in Los Angeles, Quarles took art classes from an early age. She developed a solid foundation for a lifelong drawing practice through after- school programs and figure drawing classes at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

In 2007, Quarles graduated from Hampshire College with dual BA degrees in Philosophy and Studio Art, then trained and worked in the field of graphic design. As her immersion in drawing progressed, she became well versed in and heavily influenced by the imagery and painterly processes of art historical masters Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney, and Philip Guston. Seeking a vehicle for expressing feelings and experiences language alone cannot capture, Quarles went on to attend Yale University, where she received her MFA in 2016. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture that same year.

Even in her earliest works, Quarles honed in on the bodily experience as her subject, beginning an artistic engagement with the contradictions inherent in one’s own complex, nuanced identity. At Yale, she worked on paper with gestural line making, later translating these forms onto large canvases that allowed her to make broader compositions. These early canvases regularly included written phrases, puns, and patterns that played with ambiguity and manipulated space, simultaneously anchoring and displacing figures. A defined plane with flowers could be a field or blanket, a sky-blue gradient could represent natural light or the flat surface of a desktop computer, as in ‘Let Us In Too (Tha Light)’ (2018).

In her current work, Quarles has moved text from the paintings themselves and into her titles, further winnowing out a predetermined visual narrative. These titles are inspired by overheard phrases, such as in the installation ‘Forced Perspective (And I Kno It’s Rigged, But It’s tha Only Game in Town)’ (2018), a highlight of the Hammer Museum’s ‘Made in L.A.’ exhibition. In that large-scale work, Quarles combined trompe l’oeil floral wallpaper and raw canvas with inscribed poetry and song lyric quotes, to suggest the illusory boundaries that define the self and our often limited interpretations of it.

As her practice has developed, Quarles has engaged in more overtly political subject matter. In 2018, she began work on ‘Casually Cruel’ (2018), heavily influenced by the situation at the US/Mexican border where families were subject to brutal separation. In this painting, two figures are enclosed by a blue plane covered with swirling green lines in a scene sandwiched between stretches of raw canvas. A third figure appears in the blue and green plane, its legs and limbs both trapped and separated from the others.

In terms of technique, Quarles’ avid experimentation and focus on transfiguring the material terrain of the canvas, connects her with such predecessors as late American artist Jack Whitten. Approaching the canvas with no predetermined composition, Quarles begins making marks that evolve into line drawings of human forms and body parts. She then photographs the work and uses Adobe Illustrator to draw the backgrounds and structures that ultimately surround the figures. In a reversal of the typical layering of a composition, Quarles’ figures precede and even dictate the environment that they come to inhabit. Once the composition is created digitally, she paints it onto the canvas, using stencils created by hand or by a vinyl plotter as a guide. Intersecting color, texture, and layers, the resulting works are more akin to relief sculpture than conventional painting – a material outcome that further underscores Quarles’ themes of embodiment and experience for both the artist and the viewer.

Quarles has been the recipient of several awards and grants. She was the inaugural recipient of the 2019 Pérez Art Museum Miami Prize, in 2017 she received the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, and in 2015 she received the Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship at Yale University. In addition, she participated in the Fountainhead Residency in 2017.


Born Chicago IL, 1985


BA, Hampshire College, Amherst MA, 2007
MFA, Yale University, New Haven CT, 2016
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan ME, 2016

Resides Lives and works in Los Angeles CA

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Frye Art Museum, ‘Christina Quarles’, Seattle WA (Travelling Exhibition)

2021 South London Gallery, ‘In Likeness’, London, UK
X Museum, ‘Christina Quarles: Dance by tha Light of tha Moon’, Beijing, China
MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ‘Christina Quarles’, Chicago IL (Travelling Exhibition)

2020 Pilar Corrias, ‘I Won’t Fear Tumbling or Falling/If We’ll Be Joined in Another World’, London, UK

2019 Pond Society, ‘Christina Quarles: Every Silver Lining Has Its Cloud’, Shanghai, China
The Hepworth Wakefield Museum, ‘In Likeness’, Wakefield, UK (Travelling Exhibition)
Regen Projects, ‘But I Woke Jus’ Tha Same’, Los Angeles CA
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, ‘Yew Jumped too Deep, Yew Buried the Lead’, Kalamazoo MI

2018 BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, ‘MATRIX 271/Christina Quarles’, Berkeley CA
Pilar Corrias, ‘Always Brightest Before Tha Dusk’, London, UK

2017 David Castillo Gallery, ‘Baby, I Want Yew To Know All Tha Folks I Am’, Miami FL
Skibum MacArthur, ‘It’s Gunna Be All Right, Cause Baby, There Ain’t Nuthin’ Left’, Los Angeles CA

Group Exhibitions

2022 The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art’, cur. Antwaun Sargent, Matt Wycoff, Davis CA (Travelling Exhibition)
Lehigh University, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art’, cur. Antwaun Sargent, Matt Wycoff, Bethlehem PA (Travelling Exhibition)

2021 San Jose Museum of Art, ‘Our Whole, Unruly Selves’, San Jose CA
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, ‘Body / Space’, Torino, Italy
Zabludowicz Collection, ‘The Stand Ins: Figurative painting from the Zabludowicz Collection’, London, UK
Grinnell College Museum of Art, ‘Queer/Dialogue’, Grinnell IA
BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, ‘New Time: Art & Feminisms in the 21st Century’, cur. Apsara DiQuinzio, Claire Frost, Berkeley CA
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, ‘Journey Through a Body’, cur. Dr. Gregor Jansen, Alicia Holthausen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, ‘Plural Possibilities & the Female Body’, cur. Nina Bozicnik, Ann Poulson, Seattle WA
Gallery 400, The University of Illinois, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art’, cur. Antwaun Sargent, Matt Wycoff, Chicago IL (Travelling Exhibition)

2020 Pérez Art Museum Miami, ‘My Body, My Rules’, cur. Jennifer Inacio, Miami FL
The Drawing Center, ‘100 Drawings from Now’, cur. Claire Gilman, Rosario Güiraldes, Laura Hoptman, Isabella Kapur, New York NY
Gladstone Gallery, ‘Drawing 2020’, New York NY
de la Cruz Collection, ‘A Possible Horizon’, Miami FL
Walker Art Center, ‘Don’t Let This Be Easy’, cur. Nisa Mackie, Alexandra Nicome, Minneapolis MN
MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Alien vs. Citizen’, cur. January Parkos Arnall, Line Ajan, Chicago IL
Petzel Gallery, ‘Love Letter to a Nightmare’, New York NY
The Warehouse, ‘Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma’, cur. Gavin Delahunty, Dallas TX
Whitechapel Gallery, ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium’, cur. Lydia Yee, London, UK
Lehman College Art Gallery, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art’, cur. Antwaun Sargent, Matt Wycoff, New York NY (Travelling Exhibition)

2019 OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art’, cur. Antwaun Sargent, Matt Wycoff, Bronxville NY (Travelling Exhibition)
Hayward Gallery, ‘Kiss My Genders’, cur. Vincent Honoré, Tarini Malik, Thomas Sutton, London, UK
Museum of Modern Art, ‘Paint Also Known as Blood’, cur. Natalia Sielewicz, Warsaw, Poland
MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection’, cur. Bennett Simpson, Rebecca Lowery, Los Angeles CA
CAMH Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, ‘Stonewall 50’, cur. Dean Daderko, Houston TX
The Arts Club, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story’, cur. Alec Smyth, Cristina Vere Nicoll, London, UK

2018 Aïshti Foundation, ‘Trance’, cur. Albert Oehlen, Beirut, Lebanon
Portland Art Museum, ‘BETWEEN’, cur. Libby Werbel, Portland OR
David Zwirner, ‘This Is Not a Prop’, cur. Alec Smyth, Cristina Vere Nicoll, New York NY
Hammer Museum, ‘Made in L.A.’, cur. Anne Ellegood, Erin Christovale, Los Angeles CA
Skibum McArthur, ‘Demolition WoManhood’, Los Angeles CA
Jessica Silverman Gallery, ‘Biomorphic Virtuosity’, San Francisco CA
Cooper Cole Gallery, ‘Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard’, cur. Ashton Cooper, Toronto, Canada
Ltd Los Angeles, ‘I am no bird’, Los Angeles CA
Pilar Corrias, ‘Slump Love’, London, UK

2017 Rubell Family Collection, ‘Still Human’, Miami FL
Gagosian Gallery, ‘Abstract/Not Abstract’, organized by Deitch Projects, Miami FL
New Museum, ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’, cur. Johanna Burton with Sara O’Keeffe, Natalie Bell, New York NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, ‘Fictions’, cur. Connie Choi, Hallie Ringle, New York NY
Kohn Gallery, ‘Engender’, cur. Joshua Friedman, Los Angeles CA
David Castillo Gallery, ‘No burden as heavy’, Miami FL
Miami Dade College Kendall Gallery, ‘Women Painting’, Miami FL
LAXART, ‘Reconstitution’, cur. Catherine Taft, Hamza Walker, Los Angeles CA
Eastside International, ‘Appetitive Torque’, Los Angeles CA
Pacific Design Center, ‘Critical Content’, Los Angeles CA

2016 Yale School of Art Green Gallery, ‘Queering Space’, New Haven CT
315 Gallery, ‘I’d Rather Be Here Than Almighty’, New York NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ‘Meatballs’, cur. Carl Ostendarp, Louis Cameron, Madison ME
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ‘For Sale By Owner’, cur. by Baris Gokturk, Skowhegan ME
Abrons Center for the Arts, ‘Partners’, cur. Anoka Faruqee, Michael Queenland, New York NY
Green Hall Gallery, Yale School of Art, ‘Double Dip: MFA Painting Thesis’, cur. Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Sheila Pepe, New Haven CT
Armory Center for the Arts, ‘Tight Squeeze’, cur. Barry Markowitz, Pasadena CA

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

2019 Pérez Prize, Pérez Art Museum, Miami FL

2017 Fountainhead Residency, Miami FL
Emerging Artist Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York NY

2015 Robert Schoelkopf Travel Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven CT



2021 Du Bois, W.E.B., Quarles, Christina, ‘Of Our Spiritual Savings’, London: Afterall Books, 2021, ill.

2020 Deveney, Grace (et al.), ‘Christina Quarles’, Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2020, ill. (exh. cat.)

2019 Bonacina, Andrew, Getsy, David J., ‘Christina Quarles’, Wakefield: The Hepworth Wakefield, 2019, ill. (exh. cat.)

Artist’s Books, Writings

2021 Quarles, Christina, ‘Man in Shower in Beverly Hills’, in: Little, Helen, ‘David Hockney. Moving Focus’, London: Tate Publishing, 2021, pp. 84-87, ill.

2019 Quarles, Christina, ‘Christina Quarles’ in: Porter, Janelle (ed.), ‘Mike Kelley: Timeless Painting’, Zurich/New York: Hauser & Wirth, 2019, p. 113, ill.


2021 Delahunty, Gavin (ed.), ‘Psychic Wounds: On Art and Trauma’, Dallas: The Warehouse, New York: MW Editions, 2021 (exh. cat.)
Hudson, Suzanne, ‘Contemporary Painting’, London: Thames & Hudson, 2021
Phaidon (ed.), ‘Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing’, Berlin: Phaidon, 2021

2020 Gilman, Claire, Ahlberg, Joanna, ‘Drawing Papers 143: 100 Drawings From Now’, New York: The Drawing Center, 2020 (exh. cat.)
Hussey, Miciah, Nesbit, Molly, ‘Drawing 2020’, New York: Gladstone Gallery, Cologne: Walther König, 2020 (exh. cat.)
Sargent, Antwaun, Beasley, Kevin, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists’, New York: Distributed Art Publisher, 2020 (exh. cat.)
Yee, Lydia, Foote, Cameron, Stobbs, Candy (eds.), ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium’, London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2020

2019 Daderko, Dean, ‘Stonewall 50’, Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2019 (exh. cat.)
Deitch, Jeffrey, ‘Unrealism’, New York: Rizzoli Electa, 2019
Harten, John, Moffat, Isabelle, Voigt, Wolfgang (et al.), ‘Trance: Albert Oehlen’, Milan: Skira Editore, 2019 (exh. cat.)
Honoré, Vincent, ‘Kiss My Genders’, London: The Hayward Gallery, 2019 (exh. cat.)
Werbel, Libby (et al.), ‘We. Construct. Marvels. Between. Monuments.’, Portland: Portland Art Museum, 2019 (exh. cat.)

2018 Bell, Natalie, Burton, Johanna (eds.), ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’, New York: The New Museum, 2018 (exh. cat.)
Christovale, Erin, Ellegood, Anne (eds.), ‘Made in L.A. 2018’, Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2018 (exh. cat.)
Lutz, Tom (ed.), ‘Quarterly Journal: Romance’, Los Angeles: Los Angeles Review of Books, 2018

2017 Choi, Connie H., Ringle, Halie (eds.), ‘Fictions’, New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2017 (exh. cat.)
Rupert, Sarah Michelle, Weinberg, Michelle, ‘Women Painting’, Ft. Lauderdale: Girls’ Club, 2017 (exh. cat.)


2021 Brehmer, Debra, ‘The Triumphant Tangles of Christina Quarles’s Canvases’ [Review], on:, 5 August 2021, ill.
Das, Jareh, ‘Sitting with Discomfort: Christina Quarles Interviewed by Jareh Das’, on:, 21 July 2021, ill.
Forgo, Gabriela, ‘“In Focus: LA Artists,” An Exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles’, on:, 21 July 2021, ill.
___, ‘Top 5 Shows to See in the Us in July’, on:, 16 July 2021, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Latest News in Black Art: Jamal Cyrus Joins Patron Gallery, Alexander Harrison Added to Roster at VSF, Philadelphia and Detroit Art Museums Hire Their First Diversity Heads’, on:, 2 July 2021, ill.
Shaw, Anny, Harris, Gareth, Jhala, Kabir, ‘Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend’, on:, 2 July 2021, ill.
Fortin, Sylvie, ‘Christina Quarles Plays with Space, Proportions and Perspective’ [Review], on:, 2 July 2021, ill.
Westall, Mark, ‘In Focus: LA Artists’, on:, 30 June 2021, ill.
Shaw, Anny, ‘After the South London Gallery’s ‘most challenging year ever’, Christina Quarles paintings and drawings go on show’, on:, 18 June 2021, ill.
Borrelli, Christopher, ‘How to see the Christina Quarles show at the MCA? Go with the rising star artist, and forget your glasses.’, on:, 2 June 2021, ill.
Karan, ‘LA Artist Christina Quarles Joins Hauser & Wirth’, on:, 1 June 2021, ill.
___, ‘Art Industry News: Christie’s Will Sell an Early Replica of the Mona Lisa Once Passionately Asserted to Be the Real Thing + Other Stories’, on:, 1 June 2021, ill.
___, ‘Christina Quarles, peintre de figurations complexes étroitement surveillée, rejoint Hauser & Wirth’, on:, 31 May 2021, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Latest News in Black Art: 5 Percent of Los Angeles Museum Board Members are Black; Sonia Boyce, Christina Quarles, and Cigna Samson Join New Galleries’, on:, 28 May 2021, ill.
Selvin, Claire, ‘Christina Quarles, Closely Watched Painter of Complex Figurations, Joins Hauser & Wirth’, on:, 28 May 2021, ill.
Freeman, Nate, ‘Wet Paint: NFT Collective Whines Over Cryptopunks Sale, Coveted Young Artist Joins Hauser & Wirth, & More Art-World Gossip’, on:, 28 May 2021, ill.
Nafziger, Christina, ‘Boundary Crossing: A Review of Christina Quarles at the MCA’, on:, 10 May 2021, ill.
Heinrich, Will, ‘Frieze New York First Live Art Fair in a Year, Kicks Off at the Shed’, on:, 6 May 2021
___, ‘‘I have been chasing that golden hour ever since’ - Christina Quarles talks about her new Artspace & Phaidon edition with Skowhegan’, on:, 30 April 2021, ill.
Radin, Sara, ‘Artist Christina Quarles Questions What It’s Like to Live In a Body’, on:, 19 April 2021, ill.
___, ‘The Artspace Art for Life Interview with Pilar Corrias’, on:, 16 April 2021, ill.
Selvin, Claire, ‘Christina Quarles on the Intricacies of Figuration and Selfhood: ‘We Know Ourselves as This Fragmented Jumble of Limbs’’, on:, 15 April 2021, ill.
Nazif, Perwana, ‘Christina Quarles: Reading the Body’, on:, 14 April 2021, ill.
Guo, Emma, Qui, Nan, ‘Dance by tha Light of tha Moon’, in: Vogue Me, New York, London, April 2021, ill.
Lubow, Arthur, ‘Christina Quarles Wants You to Question Everything’, on:, 25 March 2021, ill.
Yang, Xiaoyu, ‘Artist captures universal experience in body paintings’, on:, 18 March 2021
Bentall, Henrietta, ‘Studio Jams: we made a Spotify playlist of artists’ top tunes, from Ragnar Kjartansson to Rachel Whiteread’, on:, 12 March 2021
Takac, Balasz, ‘MCA Chicago Welcomes New Work by Christina Quarles’, on:, 9 March 2021
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘International Recognition: From America To Africa, Europe and Asia, Museum Exhibitions are Celebrating Black Female Artists’, on:, 8 March 2021
Gomez-Upegui, Salome, ‘10 Women Artists with Major Museum shows in 2021’, on:, 8 March 2021
Benson, Louise, ‘Women Painting Women: The Essential Artists to Watch’, on:, 8 March 2021
Simons, Baya, ‘Me, My shelf and I: the best new art books’, on:, 25 February 2021
Luke, Ben, ‘A brush with...eight artists tell us about the books and poems that inspire their work’, on:, 11 February 2021
___, ‘Christina Quarles - Why I Draw’ [interview], on:, 9 February 2021, ill.
Allen, Dan, ‘Queer artists of color dominate 2021’s must-see LGBTQ art shows’, on:, 7 February 2021
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘What to Look Forward to in 2021: More Than 30 Exhibitions, Books, and Events Focused on African American Art’, on:, 31 January 2021
___, ‘9 Must-See US Museum Shows Opening in Early 2021, From KAWS’s Brooklyn Blowout to a Homecoming for Laura Owens’, on:, 6 January 2021
Simon, Scott, Luke, Ben, ‘Visual Arts Thrived in a Tumultuous 2020’, on:, 2 January 2021
Kirsh, Andrea, ‘Two great art books for the New Year focus on under-known artists, Lorraine O’Grady and Gladys Nilsson’, on:, 2 January 2021
Culpan, Daniel, ‘Christina Quarles | Pilar Corrias’, in: Artforum, New York, January/February 2021

2020 Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Culture Type Picks: 15 Best Black Art Books of 2020’, 31 December 2020
Laster, Paul, ‘Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists’, on:, 17 December 2020
Sooke, Alastair, ‘2020 in Art: A Year of Toppled Statues and Spineless Virtue Signalling’, on:, 12 December 2020
___, ‘A Guide of Gifts For Your Family, Friends, Lovers, Pals, and Confidants’, on:, 11 December 2020
Luke, Ben, ‘Podcast: A brush with...Christina Quarles’, on:, 9 December 2020
___, ‘Phillips Achieves Highest Total in Company History for 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, At $162.4 Million’, on:, 9 December 2020
___, ‘Price Check! Here’s What Sold - and for How Much - Through Art Basel Miami Beach’s Online Viewing Rooms’, on:, 7 December 2020
Freeman, Nate, ‘Here’s What It’s Like on the Ground in Miami Beach, Where Zombie Art Basel Is Happening, Sort Of’, on:, 4 December 2020
Meagher, Erin, ‘The Best Gifts Under $100, According to Our Editors’, on:, 4 December 2020
Harris, Gareth, De Silva, Jose, ‘What is the best art book that you have read in 2020? The art world’s biggest names give us their top tips’, on:, 3 December 2020
Sapsford, Beatrice, Lee, Shannon, ‘10 In-Demand Works on Artsy This Week’, on:, 30 November 2020
___, ‘23 Leading Figures in the Art world Share What They’re Grateful for This Thanksgiving, From the US Constitution to Public Art’, on:, 25 November 2020
Ohad, Daniella, ‘The Collector - Black Contemporary Art with Bernard Lumpkin’, on:, 8 November 2020
Schwarz, Gabrielle, ‘‘My painting explores what it means to inhabit your own body’ – an interview with Christina Quarles’, on:, 5 November 2020
Obrist, Hans Ulrich, ‘Thirty-Nine Artists and Their Unrealised Projects’, in: Catalogue 4.5, London, November 2020
Douglas, Caroline, ‘Christina Quarles: I won’t fear Tumbling or Falling/If we’ll be joined in another world at Pilar Corrias, London’, on:, 30 October 2020
Fullerton, Elizabeth, ‘Christina Quarles - interview: ‘These works are holding onto that slow-fast contrast of a physically still world and this mental chaos’’, on:, 23 October 2020
Reyburn, Scott, ‘At a Reduced Frieze Week, a Focus on Black Art’, on:, 9 October 2020
Rea, Naomi, ‘‘I Felt Like I Was Trapped in Amber’: Painter Christina Quarles on How the Hazy Confusions of Lockdown Inspired Her Latest Show’, on:, 8 October 2020, ill.
___, ‘Your guide to Frieze Week’, on:, 5 October 2020
Griffin, Jonathan, ‘‘It’s flipped the script’: Christina Quarles on drawing from lockdown life’, on:, 2 October 2020
Berdan, Kathy, ‘Female artists get (some of) their due in new Walker exhibition’, on:, 22 August 2020
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘There’s a New Wave of Critically Recognized Black Female Artists. These Publications are the First to Document Their Work’, on:, 19 August 2020, ill.
Palumbo, Jacqui, ‘Artists design bandanas to boost election turnout in US’, on:, 17 August 2020
Gascoigne, Laura, ‘Figurative painting is back - but how good is any of it?’, on:, 8 August 2020
Schwabsky, Barry, ‘What Truths Can You Divine From Instagram Paintings’, on:, 4 August 2020
Eler, Alicia, ‘Walker Art Center critiques itself in a new exhibit of works by women’, on:, 30 July 2020
Sapsford, Beatrice, ‘10 In-demand Works on Artsy This Week’, on:, 27 July 2020
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Phillips Restarts Live Auctions With Record Results for Titus Kaphar and Christina Quarles, Notable Debut for Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’, on:, 11 July 2020
Crow, Kelly, ‘Will the Art World Ever Be the Same? A Brief Oral History of a Tumultuous Year’, on:, 6 July 2020
Yerebakan, Osman Can, ‘Behind the Scenes at 5 New York City Galleries Preparing to Reopen’, 6 July 2020
Villa, Angelica, ‘Mitchell, Basquiat Top $41 M. Phillips Contemporary Evening Sale, Thirst for Young Artists Brings New Records’, on:, 3 July 2020
Freeman, Nate, ‘Phillips Scored $41 Million in a White-Glove Contemporary Evening Sale as the Auction House Got Hip to New Online Landscape’, on:, 2 July 2020
___, ‘Works for the Now, by Queer Artists of Color’ [interview], on:, 29 June 2020
Lew, Agnes, ‘Agnes Lew Interviews Acclaimed Artists Featured on Gallery Platform LA, a New Online Gallery’, on:, 11 June 2020
Koerner von Gustorf, Oliver, ‘Antibodies’, in: Blau International, Berlin, Summer 2020, pp. 48-51
Monhan, Reza, Crawford, Cal, ‘Artist Visit: Christina Quarles’, on:, 14 May 2020
Wouk Almino, Elisa, ‘80 LA Galleries Band Together In an Effort to Survive the Pandemic’, 14 May 2020
___, ‘Art Keeps Collectors Going: Kylie Ying’, on:, 14 May 2020
Samaha, Barry, ‘State of the Art Industry in the Time of Coronavirus’, on:, 7 May 2020
___, ‘Art Keeps Collectors Going: Bernard Lumpkin’, on:, 30 April 2020
Voon, Claire, ‘Christina Quarles Paints the Complicated, Intimate Moments When We Feel Like Ourselves’, on:, 15 April 2020
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘On View ‘Christina Quarles’ at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’, on:, 5 April 2020
Loos, Ted, ‘A Different Point of View: In the hands of these artists, the figure gets a queer perspective’, in: The New York Times, 13 March 2020, p. F26, ill.
Sherwin, Skye, ‘Christina Quarles’s Casually Cruel: lost in ecstasy’, on:, 6 March 2020
Keene, Alex, ‘Christina Quarles: The human form remastered’, in: Now Then, Sheffield, no. 144, March 2020, pp. 4, 16, 20, 28, 30-31, 34-38, cover, ill.
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘The Year Ahead in African American Art: What to See and Do in 2020’, on:, 26 February 2020
___, ‘Spring Preview: 33 Essential Museum Shows and Biennials to See This Season’, on:, 24 February 2020
J.U-S., ‘Figurative Art Takes a Radical Turn’, on:, 18 February 2020
Birch, Sarah, ‘Radical Figures, Whitechapel Gallery: ‘Anxious Interrogation of the 21st-century condition’’, on:, 17 February 2020
Freeman, Nate, ‘Frieze Los Angeles Opens With Big Sales to Mega-Celebrities and Hollywood Muscle Alike - and It’s All Live-Streaming on Instagram’, on:, 14 February 2020
Wullschläger, Jackie, ‘21st century painting is essential viewing at Whitechapel Gallery’, on:, 13 February 2020
Kent, Sarah, ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, Whitechapel review - ten distinctive voices’, on:, 11 February 2020
Cohen, Alina, ‘Why ‘Flipping’ Art Is so Controversial’, on:, 10 February 2020
Cumming, Laura, ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium review’, on:, 9 February 2020
Januszczak, Waldemar, ‘Art Review: Radical Figures: Whitechapel Gallery’, on:, 9 February 2020
Harris, Gareth, Jhala, Kabir, ‘Three Exhibitions to see in London this weekend’, on:, 7 February 2020
Souter, Ann, ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at Whitechapel Gallery’, on:, 7 February 2020
Sooke, Alastair, ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium review, Whitechapel Gallery: a thoroughly intoxicating reminder that painting is alive and well’, on:, 6 February 2020
Frankel, Eddy, ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium review’, on:, 6 February 2020
Searle, Adrian, ‘Radical Figures review - sex, snakes, sprouting heads and flying burgers’, on:, 5 February 2020
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘The Year in Black Art 2019’, on:, 5 February 2020
Zuckerman, Heidi, ‘Christina Quarles’ [Conversations About Art podcast hosted by Heidi Zuckerman], 4 February 2020
Osberg, Annabel, ‘Top 10 Picks of 2019’, in: Artillery, January/February 2020, p. 23
Cohen, Alina, ‘To Attract Young Collectors, Auction Houses Tap Young Rock Stars, Sneakerheads, and a Spice Girl’, on:, 28 January 2020
Kuesel, Christy, ‘20 Trailblazing Artists with Major Museum Shows in 2020’, on:, 20 January 2020
Wise, Louis, ‘Return to form: why figurative painting is enjoying a revival after decades out of vogue’, on:, 12 January 2020
Lester, Paul, ‘12 Must-See Art and Design Exhibitions in 2020’, on:, 3 January 2020

2019 Judah, Hettie, ‘Instagram, golden toilets, and the return of paint: how the art world changed this decade’, on:, 30 December 2019
Adams, Georgina, ‘Jitters and reasons to be cheerful: art market experts give their 2020 predictions’, on:, 22 December 22, 2019
Glover, Michael, ‘Paintings by the Famous, the Forgotten, and the Emerging’, on:, 7 December 2019
Patel, Alpesh Kantilal, ‘Gauging the Potential of Abstraction at Art Basel Miami Beach’, on:, 6 December 2019
Fitch Little, Harriet, ‘From Antony Gormley to Grayson Perry: when does merchandise become art?’, on:, 4 December 2019
Sherwin, Skye, ‘Christina Quarles, Hepworth Wakefield 19 October - 19 January’, on:, December 2019
Jaspan, Sara, ‘Christina Quarles at the Hepworth Wakefield’, on:, 20 November 2019
Zara, Janelle, ‘Angeleno Painters Christina Quarles, Hayv Kahraman, and Trulee Hall are Redefining the Female Gaze’, on:, 19 November 2019
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Latest News in African American Art’, on:, 19 November 2019
Bakar, Lanre, ‘Paint it Black: Artists of Colour Breathing New Life into ‘Inert’ Art Form’, on:, 17 November 2019
Chong, Diantha, ‘Artist’s labyrinth of androgyny and polymorphism’, on:, 9 November 2019
Fitch Little, Harriet, ‘The Change-makers - 30 of the Planet’s Most Exciting Young People’, on:, 8 November 2019
Mitchell, Josie, ‘Conversation | Christina Quarles’, on:, 5 November 2019
Judah, Hettie, ‘Christina Quarles Paints the Outermost Edges of the Self’, on:, 27 October 2019
Carlson, Cajsa, ‘Davie, Hockney and Quarles at Yorkshire’s Hepworth Wakefield’, on:, 22 October 2019
Searle, Adrian, ‘Copulation at its fruitiest - David Hockney, Alan Davie, Christina Quarles review’, on:, 18 October 2019
Aspen Art Museum, ‘Blind Contour: Christina Quarles’ [Blind Contour podcast hosted by Heidi Zuckerman], 15 October 2019
Vogel, Maria, ‘Christina Quarles Encapsulates an Otherworldly Feeling’, on:, 1 October 2019
Jansen, Charlotte, ‘Paintings That Capture the Experience of Being Black and White’, on:, 20 September 2019
Bowie, Summer, ‘Singing the Body Electric: An Interview of Painter Christina Quarles’, in: Autre, Los Angeles, vol. 2, no. 8, Summer 2019, pp. 132-137, ill.
Walsh, Neil, ‘The Female painters exploring submission and domination’, on:, 20 August 2019
Abraham, Amelia, ‘Photographers Creating Work Through the Queer Gaze’, on:, 3 July 2019
Lescaze, Zoë, ‘13 Artists Reflect on the Stonewall Riots’, on:, 27 June 2019
Crow, Kelly, ‘Meet the Art World’s Rising Stars’, on:, 16 June 2019, ill.
Barrie, Lita, ‘Christina Quarles and the Aesthetics of Ambiguity’, on:, 14 June 2019
Harrelson, Sarah, ‘Art Basel Highlights’, on:, 12 June 2019, ill.
Hill, Eli, ‘15 Young LGBTQ Artists Driving Contemporary Art Forward’, on:, 7 June 2019
Jones, Jonathan, ‘Gender kissing, the age of Galileo and Keith Haring’s 80s – the week in art’, on:, 7 June 2019
Butler, Judith, Segade, Alexandro, Dunham, Cyrus (et al.), ‘Confessions on the Dance Floor’, in: Artforum, New York, Summer 2019, pp. 226-231
Valentine, Victoria L., ‘Sales Results: New Records at Phillips for Christina Quarles, Ed Clark, Rashid Johnson and Stanley Whitney’, on:, 19 May 2019
Metz, Dustin, Mesiti, Christina, ‘Christina Quarles at Regen Projects’, on:, 8 May 2019
Wolf, Kate, ‘Christina Quarles’s Psychadelic Art Pushes the Human Form Beyond its Breaking Point’, on:, 29 April 2019
Zellen, Jody, ‘Moving from the Representational to the Gestural’, on:, 28 April 2019
Pagel, David, ‘Review: Christina Quarles’ Paintings Blur Boundaries and Find Freedom in the Flesh’, on:, 15 April 2019
Trembley, Nicolas, ‘L’artiste du mois: Christina Quarles’, in: Numéro, Paris no. 202, April 2019, pp. 68-71, ill.
Wolf, Kate, 'Body Shop', in: Interview Magazine, Spring 2019, pp. 66-67, ill.
Durón, Maximiliano, ‘Christina Quarles Wins Inaugural $50,000 Pérez Prize from PAMM’, on:, 8 March 2019
Farago, Jason, ‘The Los Angeles Art Scene Looks to the World’, on:, 28 February 2019
Kazanjian, Dodie, ‘As Frieze Los Angeles Opens, Three Young California Artists Are Reinventing What Figurative Painting Can Be’, on:, 15 February 2019
Nash, David, ‘Pamela Joyner on African-American Art and Its Representation in the History Books’, on:, 22 January 2019
Thackara, Tess, ‘Why Contemporary Women Artists are Obsessed with the Grotesque’, on:, 18 January 2019
Blackburn, Virginia, ‘Arresting Artworks with Something to Say’, on:, 13 January 2019
BJ Panda Bear, ‘Best of 2018’, on:, 2 January 2019
Gallagher, Em (et al.), ‘30 Artists to Know Right Now’, in: Cultured, Miami Beach, Dec/Jan/Feb 2019, p. 249
Sussman, Matt, ‘Reviews: Christina Quarles: Matrix 271’, in: Fabrik Magazine, Los Angeles, no. 40, 2019, pp. 114-115, ill.

2018 Simmons, William J., ‘30 Under 35 2019’, on:, December 2018, pp. 242-243, 249, ill.d
Martinique, Elena, ‘A Fine Selection of Contemporary Figurative Painting at The Arts Club’, on:, 19 December 2018
Harrison, Anya, ‘Top 10 Young Artists to Watch’, on:, 27 November 2018
Mastrandrea, Paige, ‘Miami’s Top Five Art Power Players 2018’, on:, 27 November 2018
Chu, Mimi, ‘Christina Quarles's Carnal Configurations’, in: Frieze, no. 199, November-December 2018
Zevitas, Steven, ‘FIAC Paris 2018: Publisher Steven Zevitas Selects his Favorite Paintings’, on:, 17 October 2018
Moon, Kavior, ‘Made in L.A. 2018’, in: ARTnews, Fall 2018, pp. 126-128
Horst, Aaron, ‘Loose Aesthetics and Agreeable Politicking: On ‘Made in L.A. 2018’’, in: Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), no. 13, Fall 2018, pp. 28-29, ill.
Maitland, Hayley, ‘Frieze London 2018: What You Need to See’, on:, 25 September 2018
Moon, Kavior, ‘A Multiplicity of Perspectives: ‘Made in L.A. 2018’ Succeeds by Refusing to Define a Los Angeles Aesthetic’, on:, 22 August 2018
Cotter, Holland, ‘Los Angeles Welcomes You’, in: The New York Times, 17 August 2018, pp. C11, C14
Melrod, George, ‘Made in LA 2018: A Provocative, ‘Woke’ Biennial for Los Angeles’’, on:, 16 August 2018
___, ‘Christina Quarles, Peter Hujar’ [The Modern Art Notes Podcast, episode 352, hosted by Tyler Green], 2 August 2018
Wolpow, Nina, ‘This Is Not a Prop’, in: The Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2018
King, John Paul, ‘Queer Voices Find Inclusion at Hammer Museum’s ‘Made in LA 2018’’, on:, 18 July 2018
Griffin, Jonathan, ‘Made in L.A. 2018’, on:, 2 July 2018
Zara, Janelle, ‘Christina Quarles’s Magnetic Paintings Are a Hit at ‘Made in L.A.’’, on:, 6 June 2018
Knight, Christopher, ‘‘Made in L.A. 2018’: Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times’, on:, 5 June 2018
Wakim, Marielle, Martin, Brittany, Stuart, Gwynedd, ‘The Hammer Museum Is Tapping Into Local Talent with Made in L.A.’, on:, 4 June 2018
Lubow, Arthur, ‘Why the Art World is Focusing In on Gender Fluidity’, on:, 4 June 2018
Stromberg, Matt, ‘Resolutely Political LA Artists Focus on the Body in the City’s Latest Biennial’, on:, 4 June 2018, ill.
Cooper, Ashton, ‘Interview with Christina Quarles’, in: Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), no. 12, June 2018, pp. 30-35, ill.
Durón, Maximilíano, ‘June Editors’ Picks: ‘Made in L.A. 2018’’, in: ARTnews, Summer 2018, p. 22, ill.
___, ‘Les mondes démultipliés’, in: L'Officiel Art, Paris, no. 26, June – August 2018, pp. 54-59, cover, ill.
Lubow, Arthur, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’, in: W Magazine, May/June 2018, pp. 82-85, ill.
Eisen, Andie, ‘Christina Quarles’, in: Flaunt, Los Angeles, May 2018, pp. 158-165, cover, ill.
___, ‘The Artsy Vanguard: 15 Artists on the Rise’, on:, 30 April 2018, ill.
___, ‘‘Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard’ at Cooper Cole, Toronto’, on:, 20 April 2018
Slenske, Michael, Langmuir, Molly, ‘Who’s Afraid of the Female Nude’, on:, 18 April 2018
___, ‘The New Museum Hosts Its Spring Gala Honoring Cecily Brown, Julie Mehretu, and Elizabeth Peyton’, on:, 5 April 2018
Vogel, Wendy, ‘Christina Quarles’, in: Art in America, New York, March 2018, pp. 110-111, ill.
Mattos, Claudia, ‘Christina Quarles in conversation with Claudia Mattos’, on:, March 2018, pp. 172-179, ill.
Burke, Sarah, ‘Two Artists on Creating Outside of the Art World's White, Patriarchal Rules’, on:, 21 February 2018, ill.
Cascone, Sarah, ‘From 200 Studio Visits to 32 Names: Curator Anne Ellegood on Choosing Artists for the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA’ Biennial’, on:, 15 February 2018, ill.
Durón, Maximilíano, ‘Here’s the ‘Made in L.A. 2018’ Artist List’, on:, 13 February 2018, ill.
___, ‘Goings on about Town’, in: The New Yorker, 8 January 2018, p. 9
Patel, Alpesh Kantilal, ‘Critics’ Picks: Christina Quarles’, on:, 7 January 2018, ill.

2017 Cotter, Holland, ‘From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year’, on:, 27 December 2017, ill.
Harrity, Christopher, ‘31 Works of Art from 2017 That Challenged and Stimulate’, on:, 27 December 2017, ill.
Patel, Alpesh Kantilal, ‘Critics Pick: Christina Quarles’, on:, 17 December 2017
Johnson, Rindon, ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’, on:, 13 December 2017, ill.
Black, Ezrha Jean, ‘Engender (Group show curated by Joshua Friedman) – Kohn Gallery’, on:, 13 December 2017, ill.
Martins, Joel, ‘ENGENDER: The Subjectivity of Male and Female’, on:, 7 December 2017, ill.
Cascone, Sarah, ‘Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch Celebrate Abstraction With an Art Basel Group Show Extravaganza’, on:, 6 December 2017, ill.
Solway, Diane, ‘The 6 Rising Artists You Must Know In 2018’, on:, 4 December 2017, ill.
Mahony, Anna, ‘Must See Art Guide: Miami’, on:, 30 November 2017, ill.
Cohen, Alina, ‘Your Must-See Art Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach’, on:, 29 November 2017, ill.
Pini, Gary, ‘Mega Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017’, on:, 17 November 2017, ill.
Betancourt, Diana Campbell, ‘In the Fairytale Home of the Samdanis, the Art is the Hero’, on:, 15 November 2017
Lehrer, Adam, ‘Engender at Kohn Gallery: 8 Artists on How Gender Functions in their Work’, on:, 7 November 2017, ill.
Chen, Joyce, ‘On Seduction, Ambiguity, and Process. A Side Conversation with ‘Engender’ Exhibition Artists’, on:, 31 October 2017, ill.
___, ‘17 Artists Take on Gender Identity in ‘Engender’ @ Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles’, on:, 30 October 2017, ill.
Bertrand, Sandra, ‘The New Museum Takes Aim with ‘Trigger: gender as a Tool and a Weapon’’, on:, 29 October 2017, ill.
Saltz, Jerry, ‘The New Museum’s ‘Trigger’ Is Radical in Content, Retrograde in Form: What Should We Make of That?’, on:, 23 October 2017
Levine, Deborah, ‘Engender Exhibit Goes Beyond the Binary’, on:, 20 October 2017, ill.
___, ‘New Museum: ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’’, in: The New Yorker, 16 October 2017, p. 14
___, ‘New Museum: ‘Fictions’’, in: The New Yorker, 16 October 2017, p. 14
Harrity, Christopher, ‘13 Works of Art beyond the Binary’, on:, 16 October 2017
___, ‘Fictions’, on:, 13 October 2017, ill.
Schjeldahl, Peter, ‘The Art World as Safe Space’, on:, 9 October 2017
Lehrer, Adam, ‘‘Trigger’ Exhibition At The New Museum Tackles Gender But Ponders So Much More’, on:, 5 October 2017, ill.
Thomas, Chris, ‘‘Trigger: Gender As a Tool and a Weapon’ at New Museum’, on:, 4 October 2017, ill.
Saltz, Jerry, ‘The New Museum’s ‘Trigger’ Is Radical in Content, Retrograde in Form: What Should We Make of That?’, on:, 2 October 2017, ill.
Mann, Mhairi, ‘Frieze Week 2018: Your Guide to London’s Art Fairs & Exhibitions’, on:, 1 October 2017
Andersen, Bek, Baeza, Felipe, Booker, Chase (et al.), ‘Risk’, in: Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, New Haven, vol. 8, October 2017, ill.
Kelsey, Colleen, ‘A Fluid Thing’, on:, 29 September 2017, ill.
Cotter, Holland, ‘When It Comes to Gender, Let Confusion Reign’, on:, 28 September 2017, ill.
Lesser, Casey, Indrisek, Scott, ‘The 15 New York Shows You Need to See This October’, on:, 28 September 2017, ill.
Ceballos, Alex, ‘The New Museum Unveils Exhibition with Artists Using Gender as a Tool and Weapon’, on:, 27 September 2017, ill.
Swanson, Carl, ‘This New Museum Exhibit Wants to Challenge Everything You Think About Gender’, on:, 21 September 2017, ill.
Thackara, Tess, ‘The Latest in the Studio Museum’s Landmark ‘F’ Series Is a Timely Exploration of Truth and Fiction’, on:, 19 September 2017, ill.
Mitter, Siddhartha, ‘At ‘Fictions’ in Harlem, Young Black Artists are on Fire’, on:, 13 September 2017, ill.
Diehl, Travis, ‘Us & Them, Now & Then: Reconstituting Group Material’, on:, 20 September 2017, ill.
Twersky, Carolyn, ‘Here’s the List of 19 Emerging Artists to Feature in New Studio Museum Show’, on:, 23 August 2017, ill.
Uszerowicz, Monica, ‘When Artists Carry the Burden of History’, on:, 20 August 2017, ill.
Wagley, Cathrine, ‘5 Art Shows to See in LA This Week’, on:, 7 June 2017, ill.
Davis, Genie, ‘Appetitive Torque at Eastside International’, on:, 21 April 2017, ill.
Jordan, Eliza, ‘Rema Hort Mann Foundation Awards 2017 Emerging Art Grantees’, on:, 7 Feb 2017, ill.

2016 Sargent, Antwaun, ‘A Look Inside the First Queer Show at Yale School of Art’, on:, 27 October 2016, ill.
Butler, Sharon, ‘Examining Queer @ Yale University’, on:, 21 October 2016, ill.

2015 ___, ‘Hybridity’, in: Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine, New Haven, vol. 7, Spring 2015, ill.
Belkhyr, Yasmin, Danladi, Chekwube, Dyson, Kia (et al.), ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’, in: Winter Tangerine Review, 5 February 2015, ill.

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