Alex Kwartler

Alex Kwartler’s thoughtful paintings subtly dismantle the ordinary symbols and signs that permeate our everyday lives. From his ongoing Schlepper paintings to his ironic and painterly use of the affirmative checkmark and spiraling vortex, Kwartler deploys the slow cadence of easel painting merged with heavily processed expressionist gestures. Schleppers, tuna-cans, coins, snowflakes and spirals all exist as codified signs in the artist’s visual lexicon as he deconstructs painterly space and visual meaning with sharp humor.

Alex Kwartler received his MFA from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY. Kwartler has mounted two solo exhibitions at Magenta Plains. He has exhibited his work at Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York, NY; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY; White Columns, New York, NY; Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY; Martos Gallery, New York, NY; Casey Kaplan, New York; NY; Petzel Gallery, New York, NY; and Wallspace, New York, NY. His exhibitions have 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. Kwartler was artist-in-residence at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX in Spring 2017. The artist lives and works in New York, NY.

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 and Two Person Exhibitions


(Forthcoming) Magenta Plains, New York, NY


Alex Kwartler and Sam Roeck: Always, JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY


Drawing, 2 Bridges Music Arts, New York, NY
Deutsch + Kwartler: Slow and Fast, PRACTISE, Oak Park, IL
Snowflake, Magenta Plains, New York, NY


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


Friends & Family, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Biennial of Humor and Satire, Gabrovo, BG
The Palliative Turn, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam e.V., Potsdam, DE
GTFO, curated by Brian Droitcour & Allyson Vieira, Always Fresh Pizzeria, New York, NY


This Sacred Vessel, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY
This Sacred Vessel: Online, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY


Flat Out: Drawings, 2000–2019, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
What Wind, curated by Eric Palgon, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, NY
NADA Miami, Magenta Plains, Miami, FL
Frieze New York, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Independent NY, Magenta Plains, New York, NY


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