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Iain Baxter&


In conjunction with the North Vancouver Museum and Archives and the Loutet Urban Farm, the Library was honoured to co-exhibit the work of this internationally-renowned contemporary artist. The exhibition contained both new and early works (from the periods 2010-2012 and 1965-1969, respectively). The project also contained archival/documentary evidence pertaining to the N.E. Thing Co, a conceptual art enterprise (founded by BAXTER&) that flourished from 1966 to 1978. A permanent record of this temporary exhibition/installation is available here (PDF). The window signage components remain permanently in place.

The Artist

In 2005, Iain Baxter legally changed his name to IAIN BAXTER& (pronounced 'Baxterand'), in part to reflect his fascination for the ampersand as a typographic mark, but also to reflect what he values in a “non-authorial take on art production … an unending collaboration with the viewer and the means to question the artist’s role.”

IAIN BAXTER& is recognized internationally as an early practitioner of conceptual art. The 2005 Canada Council Molson Prize committee stated that his “highly regarded conceptual installations and projects, as well as his photography, have earned him the label of ‘the Marshall McLuhan of the visual arts."

As well as winning the prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize, BAXTER&'s numerous awards and distinctions also include the Governor-General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, and appointments as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, Officer of the Order of Canada and an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia. BAXTER&’s work was displayed throughout the library from June 17 - December 30, 2012. Guest curators were CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts).

To Experience More

  • Watch "Until the & of Time" - copyright 2012, a video work by IAIN BAXTER& presented at the opening of "Information/Location, North Vancouver" June 18, 2012
  • View the NVCL window signage on the ground floor in the children's department, and on the third floor on the west and east sides.
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