Alex Bacon is at work on a dissertation that considers the heightened attention to the nature of space and perception in the paintings of Jo Baer, Robert Irwin, and Ad Reinhardt. Alex has lectured widely on a number of artists, including Gilbert & George, Robert Irwin, Yayoi Kusama, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, and Gerhard Richter. He has published essays on Francis Alÿs (2010) and Gilbert & George (ARTicle Press, 2007). With Hal Foster, he coedited a collection of essays on Richard Hamilton (2009). Alex is currently coeditor of the arts section of The Brooklyn Rail and is a frequent contributor to the publication.
Based in New York City, he is currently preparing the catalogue raisonné of Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings for the Reinhardt Foundation, and has an essay forthcoming in an edited collection of new perspectives on the artist. He recently co-curated the exhibition Correspondences: Ad Reinhardt at 100 at TEMP Art Space in Lower Manhattan.
Alex is interested in a range of issues pertaining to modern and contemporary art including: Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Postminimalism, Land Art, California Light and Space Art, Conceptual Art, Pop Art, their legacies, their intersections with design, music, film, and dance, the status of painting since 1960, the historiography of Modernism, American formalist criticism, and conservation and curatorial practices.
“Francis Alÿs, The Green Line: Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Be Poetic, 2007,” in Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000–2010, ed. Kelly Baum (Princeton University Art Museum and Yale University Press, 2010).
Richard Hamilton, coedited with Hal Foster (MIT Press, 2009).
“Punks, Skinheads and Dandies: Matrices of Desire in Gilbert & George,” in The Art of Queering in Art, ed. Henry Rogers (Article Press, 2007).