Christina Quarles

Grace Deveney
Author(s):Mark Godfrey, Uri McMillan
Page Count: 112
Size:7.5 × 10.75 in.

A member of the vanguard of artists who are upending the white male–dominated art scene, Christina Quarless art is often considered in relation to her identity as a queer, cis-woman of mixed race. Her large-scale, exuberantly colored paintings reflect both the ambiguities of these identities as well as the constraints that such labels enforce. This book features paintings and drawings from throughout Quarless career. Working mostly in acrylic, Quarles populates her canvases with polymorphous figures that reference her background in life drawing, but with an expressionist spin all her own. Her figures disconnected arms and legs break through a surface punctuated with bold patterns, textures, and staccato markings. Curator Grace Deveneys illuminating insights into Quarless work reinforce its power and vitality, and illuminate why this young painter is making waves in the contemporary art world.