Alex Hay
American , born 1930
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Peter Freeman, Inc. at TEFAF New York Spring 2018,
Peter Freeman, Inc.
2015
Sonoran Hot Dog Stand,
Fleisher/Ollman
2014
Peter Freeman, Inc. at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014,
Peter Freeman, Inc.

Alex Hay’s interest in Pop and Conceptual Art grew out of his involvement in the performance art, Happenings, and avant-garde dance of the 1960s. He would go on to make monumental paintings, drawings, and sculptures of everyday objects—cash register receipts, toilet paper, a paper airplane, an egg on a plate—notable for their manipulation of scale (some reach eight feet). After a long hiatus, Hay resumed painting magnified images in 2002, but this time around, only of wood. On mid-sized canvases he reproduces all of his subject’s variations of grain, layers of paint, and effects of weathering. As critic Robert White described, he “has seemingly stripped his work of any symbolic significance in favor of a purely material and perceptual investigation.” Yet insofar as wood is a mass-produced commodity, Pop ideas still exist beneath the reductive surface, albeit reconfigured.