Academic profile


Edward Bacal writes about art and visual culture from the perspective that artworks are not objects to describe as much as things to think through. In pursuing the ideas that emerge from the dialogue of theory and the arts, his work aims to understand how aesthetic experience can serve as a model for being in the world. This interest underlies his research and writing, his pedagogy, and his efforts organizing academic programs.

Edward received his PhD and BA from the University of Toronto, respectively in 2018 and 2011, and received 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. His work also encompasses cinema and visual culture. From this research, he is planning to develop two book-length projects: the first, an expansion of his dissertation, examines how contemporary artists have revisited 1960s Minimalism 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 regularly pursues creative hobbies that include but not limited to drawing, graphic design, DJing, music production, and other art-adjacent practices. He also likes brachycephalic dogs, bicycles, and cafés.