Christina Quarles, the artist known for her brightly colored figurines expressing identity, has joined mega gallery Hauser & Wirth.
Quarles is known for the vibrant painting of bodies, often described as “lyrical”. The Los Angeles-based artist shared her vision of art in an insightful interview last month. Inspired by nude art and her early life experiences, Quarles used the shapes of bodies and limbs to exhibit intersecting notions about identity. Indeed, “identity” has been an overarching theme in most of her artworks, particularly challenging the socially accepted stereotypes around it. Beyond paint and brush, Quarles has also worked on digital illustrations.
Hauser & Wirth expressed excitement around representing Christina Quarles. The gallery will be representing Quarles in collaboration with London-based Pilar Corrias. The gallery will host the first solo exhibition of Quaser’s work in the fall of 2022 in New York. Marc Payot (President, Hauser & Wirth), stated: “Christina Quarles is among the most compelling painters of her generation, an assertive and wonderfully inventive artist. We are honored to begin our collaboration with her.”
Christina Quarles who has been drawing for 24 years, has had a splendid career so far. In 2019, she was the first recipient of the newly-established Pérez Art Museum Miami Prize. In the past, her works have been exhibited at New Museum (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Studio Museum (Harlem), and others. Currently, she is a part of solo exhibitions at X Museum (Beijing) and Museum of Contemporary Arts (Chicago). She is also set to have a solo show at the South London Gallery next month.