Alex Kwartler

Alex Kwartler has mounted two solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains: “Pain Quotidien” in 2016 and “Snowflake” in 2018. In 2014 he presented a solo show entitled “A Superficial Lyric” at Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York. He has exhibited his work at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, White Columns, Bortolami Gallery, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Martos Gallery, Casey Kaplan, Petzel Gallery and Wallspace. His exhibitions been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Frieze, Artforum and Art in America. Kwartler’s paintings were featured in “Painting Abstraction” edited by Bob Nickas and published by Phaidon Press. He received his MFA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY. Kwartler was artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX in Spring 2017.

Born in 1979, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York, NY



MFA, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


BFA, The Cooper Union, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions


Drawing, 2 Bridges Music Arts, New York, NY

Deutsch + Kwartler: Slow and Fast, PRACTISE, Oak Park, IL

Snowflake, Magenta Plains, New York, NY


Artist-In-Residence, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX


Pain Quotidien, Magenta Plains, New York, NY


A Superficial Lyric, Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, NY


Paintings, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions


Social Photography V, carriage trade, New York, NY


From Radiance and Dissolution, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin, DE

Alex Kwartler and Elke Solomon, Klaus Von Nichtssagend, New York, NY


Stretching Painting, Galerie Lelong, New York, NY

== by Matt Keegan, with Michele Abeles, Michèle Didier, Brussels, BE

Phases, Wallspace, New York, NY


Looking Back / The 6th White Columns Annual selected by Ken Okiishi and Nick Mauss, White Columns, New York, NY

Channel to the New Image, Friedrich Petzel, New York, NY

We Regret to Inform You There is Currently No Space or Place for Abstract Painting, Martos Gallery, New York, NY

Allison Katz + Alex Kwartler: To the People of Montreal, Battat Contemporary, Montreal, CA


Re-Dressing, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY

Gradation curated by Garth Weiser, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, PT


Parallel, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY

The Merits of Silence, Min Min Gallery, Tokyo, JP

Not So Subtle Subtitle, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY

Blue Smoke Brittle Leaves, Fordham University Lincoln Center Gallery, New York, NY


Destroy Athens, AB1 Athens Biennale, Athens, GR

The Wu-Tang / googolplex Show, GBE@passerby, New York, NY

Currygrit, GBE@passerby, New York, NY

Signs of Precarity, Klaus von Nichtssgand Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Late Liberties, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY

Rose Colored Glasses, GBE@passerby, New York, NY


Abstraction, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY

Bronson Tropics, Pauline, Los Angeles, CA


The Painted World, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

Dark Dreams, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, DE

Barricade, Rivington Arms, New York, NY

No. 18., Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY