Edward Bacal is a recent art history graduate, currently transitioning to a post-doctoral career. In pursuing ideas that emerge from the dialogue of art and theory, his work describes how aesthetic experience offers a model for being in the world. This interest underlies his research, writing, and pedagogy.
Edward received his PhD and BA from the University of Toronto (respectively in 2018 and 2011) and his MA from University College London in 2012. His research centres on the intersections of aesthetics, politics, and ethics in modern and contemporary art, with particular focus on abstract and conceptual art from the 1960s to present. More broadly, his work encompasses art, cinema, visual culture, and critical theory since the 19th century. From this research, he plans to develop two book-length projects: the first, an expansion of his dissertation, examines how contemporary artists have revisited post-minimalist strategies in relation to global political crises; the second, a new study, theorizes how aesthetics mediate the relation between embodied sexuality and the external world.
In addition to his academic work, he pursues creative hobbies that include but are not limited to music production, DJing, illustration, graphic design, and other art-adjacent practices. He also likes brachycephalic dogs, bicycles, and cafés.