Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey

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Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey (previously Stuart Bailey; born 1973) is a British graphic designer, writer and editor. In 2000 he co-founded the bi-annual arts journal Dot Dot Dot with Peter Bil'ak. In 2006 he began working with American graphic designer, writer and editor David Reinfurt under the pseudonym Dexter Sinister,[1] which is also the name of their 'just-in-time workshop and occasional bookstore' on New York's Lower East Side. Reinfurt replaced Bil'ak as co-editor of Dot Dot Dot the same year; it continued under Bailey and Reinfurt's direction until the final, 20th issue in 2010 before being replaced by Bulletins of the Serving Library, co-edited by Bailey and Reinfurt together with American artist and writer Angie Keefer until 2017.[2] The journal has since morphed into a non-profit organization that variously serves as a publishing platform, a seminar room, a collection of framed objects, and an event space.[3] The Serving Library Annual is co-edited by Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Italian curator and editor Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, David Reinfurt, and Italian writer and translator Vincenzo Latronico, and published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam.[4] Since 2017 he has held the position of Head of Design at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London,[5] where he lives.


Bertolotti-Bailey studied Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, and was one of the first participants to study at the Werkplaats Typografie, a postgraduate program co-founded by Dutch graphic designers Wigger Bierma and Karel Martens in Arnhem, The Netherlands.[6] In 2015 he received a PhD from the Fine Art Department of the University of Reading with a thesis titled Work in Progress: Form as a Way of Thinking.[7]


He has held various teaching positions at the Haute École d'art et de design in Geneva, Switzerland (2014–17), Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, USA (2010–12), University of Reading, UK (2002–06), Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL, (2002–06), and he is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, UK (2016–current). He has also lectured globally at schools including CalArts in Los Angeles; Glasgow School of Art; Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, NL; Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; Nanjing Art Institute, China; Penn State University, Philadelphia; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA; Royal Collage of Art, London; The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; Ruskin Art School, Oxford University; Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm; School of Visual Arts, New York; Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany; Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin; and Yale University, New Haven, USA, among others.

Selected Publications[edit]

  • (designed and edited with Ryan Gander), Ryan Gander, Appendix, 2003, Artimo, Amsterdam. (ISBN 90-75380-60-7)
  • (designed and edited), Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska, Nova Popularna, 2003, Fundacja Galerii Foksal & Revolver, Warsaw. (ISBN 83-89302-01-2; ISBN 3-936919-94-1)
  • (designed and edited) In Alphabetical Order: File Under: Graphic Design, Schools, or Werkplaats Typografie, 2003, NAi Publishers, Rotterdam. (ISBN 978-90-5662-272-5)
  • (designed), Put About: a Critical Anthology on Independent Publishing, edited by Maria Fusco with Ian Hunt, 2004, Book Works, London. (ISBN 1 870699 70 X)
  • (designed as Dexter Sinister), Notes for an Art School, edited by Mai Abu ElDahab, Anton Vidokle, and Florian Waldvogel, 2006, International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam and Manifesta 6, Nicosia. (ISBN 9963-9208-0-2)
  • (designed and edited with Ryan Gander), Ryan Gander, Appendix Appendix, 2007, JRP-Ringier, Geneva and Christoph Keller Editions. (ISBN 978-3-905770-19-3)
  • (designed and edited with Frances Stark), Frances Stark, Collected Works, 2007, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln. (ISBN 978-3-86560-263-3)
  • (designed as Dexter Sinister), Cory Arcangel, A Couple Thousand Films about Glenn Gould, edited by Steven Bode, 2008, Film and Video Umbrella, London. (ISBN 9781904270287)
  • (designed and edited with Robin Kinross), God's Amateur: The Writing of E.C. Large, 2008, Hyphen Press, London. (ISBN 978-0-907259-38-1)
  • (designed as Dexter Sinister), Hey Hey Glossolalia (Before): Exhibiting the Voice, edited by Mark Beasley, 2008, Creative Time, New York (ISN 9781928570073)
  • (designed and edited as Dexter Sinister), Portable Document Format, 2009, Sternberg Press, Berlin. (ISBN 978-1-933128-85-6)
  • (designed and edited as Dexter Sinister), Extended Caption (DDDG), 2009, Roma Publications, Amsterdam. (ISBN 978 90 77459 37 9)
  • (designed), Dave Hullfish Bailey, What's Left, 2009, Casco, Utrecht and Sternberg Press, Berlin. (ISBN 978-1-933128-36-8)
  • (designed as Dexter Sinister), Shannon Ebner: The Sun as Error, 2011, LACMA, Los Angeles. (ISBN 978-87587-200-1)
  • (designed and edited), Elad Lassry, On Onions, 2012, Primary Information, New York. (ISBN 978-09851364-13)
  • (designed as Dexter Sinister), Joe Scanlan, Object Lessons, 2012, Kunstmuzeum aan Zee, Ostend. (ISBN 978-9-074694-06-3)
  • (designed and edited as Dexter Sinister), On a Universal Serial Bus*, 2015, Roma Publications, Amsterdam and Kunstverein München, Munich. (ISBN 9789491843471)
  • (designed and programmed as Dexter Sinister), Universal Serial Bus*, 2015, Sternberg Press, Berlin and Kunstverein München, Munich. (ISBN 978-3-95679-212-0)
  • (designed), Sharon Lockhart, Milena Milena: A Work In Progress, 2015, Silvana Editoriale S.p.A., Cinisello Balsamo (MI). (ISBN 9788836630608)
  • (designed and edited), Sanya Kantarovsky, No Joke, 2016, König Books and Studio Voltaire, London. (ISBN 978-3-86335-956-0)
  • (designed as Dexter Sinister), The Contemporary Condition series, edited by Geoff Cox and Jacob Lund, 2016–ongoing, Sternberg Press, Berlin.
  • (designed and edited as Dexter Sinister), Dexter Sinister, The Contemporary Condition: Notes on the Type, Time, Letters & Spirits, 2017, Sternberg Press, Berlin. (ISBN 978-3-95679-345-5)
  • (designed), Systemics (or, Exhibition as a Series): Index of Exhibitions and Related Materials, 2013–14, 2017, edited by Joasia Krysa, Sternberg Press, Berlin. (ISBN 978-3-956791-62-8)
  • (designed), Sharon Lockhart, Rudzienko, 2019, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius. (ISBN 978-9986-957-82-9)
  • (designed), Tessa Norton & Bob Stanley eds., EXCAVATE! The Wonderful and Frightening World of The Fall, 2021, Faber & Faber, London. (upcoming)

Selected Articles[edit]

  • ‘Chance: Notes by Stuart Bailey’, Emigre, No. 47, edited by Rudy VanderLans, Summer (1998)
  • ‘Incubation of a Workshop’, Emigre, No. 48, edited by Rudy VanderLans, Fall (1998)
  • ‘Eye’, Dot Dot Dot #1 (2000)
  • ‘Emigre’, Dot Dot Dot #1 (2000)
  • ‘Archis Magazine: A perverse assembly of borrowed layouts redefines a magazine’, Eye, No. 45, Vol. 12, Autumn (2002)
  • ‘Way of Working’, Dot Dot Dot #5 (2003)
  • Book reviews of Merz to Emigre and Beyond by Steven Heller and Graphic Design for the 21st Century by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Fluid (2003), Typotheque (2004).
  • ‘Elementary Mathematics’, Dot Dot Dot #9 (2005)
  • ‘Dear X’, Dot Dot Dot #8 (2005)
  • László Moholy-Nagy: The Gesamtwerker’, TATE ETC., Issue 6, Spring (2006) Full text online
  • ‘On Biography (Masculin)’, Dot Dot Dot #11 (2006)
  • (with Sarah Crowner and Christoph Keller:) ‘Right to Burn’, Dot Dot Dot #14 (2007)
  • ‘Questions Without Question Marks: A(nother) Conversation With Robin Kinross of Hyphen Press’, Dot Dot Dot #14 (2007)
  • ‘Re: The Serving Library’, Conversation between Dexter Sinister and curator Eric Fredericksen, Fillip #10 (2009) Full text online
  • ‘Science, Fiction’, Dot Dot Dot #17 (2009)
  • ‘Final Words’, Dot Dot Dot #20 (2010)
  • ‘If you stuck a tag ...’, Dot Dot Dot #20 (2010)
  • ‘Another Open Letter’, Dot Dot Dot #20 (2010)
  • ‘A Half-Open Letter’, Dot Dot Dot #20 (2010)
  • ‘A Word on the Cover’, Dot Dot Dot #20 (2010)
  • ‘It is the Outsidedness Flavor of it’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #2 (2011) Full text online
  • (as Dexter Sinister:) ‘A Note on the Type’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #1 (2011) Full text online
  • (as Albert Angelo:) ‘Acid Pantone 274U’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #4 (2012) Full text online
  • (as Dexter Sinister:) ‘Letter & Spirit’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #3 (2012) Full text online
  • ‘Hardy Perennials’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #6 (2013) Full text online
  • ‘Procedural’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #8 (2014) Full text online
  • (with Christoph Keller and David Reinfurt:), ‘Three Mulligans’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #9 (2015) Full text online
  • ‘So-Called Ephemera’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #11 (2016) Full text online
  • (as Dexter Sinister:) Black Whisky, Cornell Journal of Architecture #10 (2016) Full text online
  • (as T.E. White, with Ryan Gander:), ‘Color Swatches’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #11 (2016) Full text online
  • (as Dexter Sinister:) ‘Grey Areas’, Bulletins of The Serving Library #11 (2016) Full text online
  • ‘Dummy Text’, in Sanya Kantarovsky, No Joke, 2016, König Books and Studio Voltaire, London. (ISBN 978-3-86335-956-0)

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

As Dexter Sinister / The Serving Library:

  • ‘The 00s – The history of a decade that has not yet been named', group exhibition, 9th Lyon Biennial, France, 2007
  • ‘Wouldn’t It be Nice: Wishful Thinking in Contemporary Art and Design’, group exhibition, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland, 2008; Somerset House, London; 2007–09
  • ‘Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition 2008’, group exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2008
  • ‘Word Event’, group exhibition, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2008
  • ‘Extended Caption (DDDG)’, solo exhibition, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal, 2009
  • ‘The Malady of Writing’, group exhibition, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, 2009–10
  • ‘The Plastic Arts’, solo exhibition, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, 2010
  • ‘A Model of the Serving Library: Applied Art’, solo exhibition, Kunstverein, Amsterdam, 2010
  • ‘Fun Palace’, group exhibition and permanent installation, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010
  • ‘The Last Newspaper’, group exhibition, The New Museum, New York, 2010
  • ‘Identity’, solo exhibition, Artists Space, New York, 2011
  • ‘A Model of The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, The Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, 2011
  • ‘The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, Artists Space, New York, 2011
  • ‘Dexter Bang Sinister’, solo exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2012
  • ‘Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language’, group exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012
  • ‘Identity’, solo exhibition, Tramway, Glasgow, 2012
  • ‘The End(s) of the Library: The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, Goethe Institut, New York, 2013
  • ‘Oo/oO’, group exhibition, Lithuanian and Cypriot Pavilions, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2013
  • ‘Letter & Spirit’, solo exhibition, Festival international de l’affiche et du graphisme, Chaumont, France, 2014
  • ‘Work-in-Progress’, solo exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2014
  • ‘The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 2014–15
  • ‘I’ll be your interface.*’, solo exhibition, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA, 2015
  • ‘At 1:1 Scale.”, solo exhibition, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria, 2015
  • ‘On a Universal Serial Bus.*’, solo exhibition, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany, 2015
  • ‘The Natural Order of Things’, group exhibition, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, 2016
  • ‘The House that Heals the Soul’, group exhibition, CCA Glasgow, UK, 2017
  • ‘Publishing as an Artistic Toolbox: 1989–2017’, group exhibition, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2017
  • ‘The Serving Library V David Osbaldeston’, double solo exhibition, Bonington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, 2018
  • ‘The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, 019, Ghent, Belgium, 2020 (upcoming)
  • ‘The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, Ravisius, Nevers, France, 2020 (upcoming)
  • ‘The Serving Library’, solo exhibition, LLS Paleis, Antwerp, Belgium, 2021 (upcoming)
  • 'The Serving Library', solo exhibition, PXL, Hasselt, Belgium, 2021 (upcoming)


  1. ^ "David Reinfurt". Lewis Center, Princeton. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  3. ^ "The Serving Library". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Roma Publications". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Institute of Contemporary Arts". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Rhode Island School of Design". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Dexter Sinister". Retrieved 24 August 2020.

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