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Christina Quarles

American, b. 1985

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Christina Quarles

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American, b. 1985

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Grounding her work in contradictions of identity, appearance, and perspective, Christina Quarles dislodges fixed subjectivity to examine emotional and physical intimacy with imagination and restraint. Working primarily with acrylics, the Los Angeles-based painter experiments with emotive, gestural brushwork interposed with static objects and patterns. Drawing on personal experiences of mistaken or assumed identity as a queer cisgender black woman, Quarles’ work alludes to a multiplicity of perspectives and manifestations of form. Figures burst forth from partial abstraction, lending Quarles’ work a visceral intensity that poses an emphatic challenge to the physical and spatial limitations of the human form, creating an alternate space for physical dialogues between bodies. Quarles’ enigmatic works are often challenging, dominated by converging bodies and writhing limbs rich with ambiguous ecstasy that obscures distinctions between pleasure and pain.

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New Museum, and 2 more
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Biography

Grounding her work in contradictions of identity, appearance, and perspective, Christina Quarles dislodges fixed subjectivity to examine emotional and physical intimacy with imagination and restraint. Working primarily with acrylics, the Los Angeles-based painter experiments with emotive, gestural brushwork interposed with static objects and patterns. Drawing on personal experiences of mistaken or assumed identity as a queer cisgender black woman, Quarles’ work alludes to a multiplicity of perspectives and manifestations of form. Figures burst forth from partial abstraction, lending Quarles’ work a visceral intensity that poses an emphatic challenge to the physical and spatial limitations of the human form, creating an alternate space for physical dialogues between bodies. Quarles’ enigmatic works are often challenging, dominated by converging bodies and writhing limbs rich with ambiguous ecstasy that obscures distinctions between pleasure and pain.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Made in L.A.
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Apr 15th, 2020
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