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Iain Baxter&

Iain Baxter&

Iain Baxter&
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 056

Iain Baxter&
OC RCA 1936 - Canadian

Western Landscape, Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
duratrans light box
on verso editioned 2/5 on the gallery label and dated 1967
36 x 48 x 5 1/2 in  91.4 x 121.9 x 14cm

Provenance:
Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Sarah Scott, “Iain Baxter&: Mr. Concept,” Canadian Art, March 6, 2012, http://canadianart.ca/features/iain-baxter-mr-concept, accessed March 7, 2017
Earl Miller, “Iain Baxter&,” Art in America, September 8, 2012, http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/iain-baxter, accessed March 7, 2017

Exhibited:
Art Gallery of Windsor, Passing Through: Iain Baxter& Photographs 1958 - 1983, 2006, traveling to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2006 - 2007

Iain Baxter& was an early practitioner of conceptual art, and a challenging artist to categorize. In a Canadian Art article, Sarah Scott called him an “artistic nomad, a cultural explorer, who skips from one idea to the next.” He works in multiple mediums: photography, installation, sculpture and painting, and under various monikers, including N.E. Thing Co., a corporate-style art organization. His activities under this umbrella were regarded as a catalyst and influence for Vancouver photoconceptualism. He was the pioneer of the light box, used for this intriguing and ironic image of a young man and his horse in front of a painted backdrop of a mountain landscape and teepee, with the real mountains behind. In the late 1960s Baxter& received international notice - Earl Miller noted in Art in America, “This then-Vancouver-based artist made the cover of Art in America (May - June 1969), participated in the seminal Conceptual art survey Information at the Museum of Modern Art (1970), and exhibited in projects initiated by New York critic Lucy Lippard and Conceptual art dealer Seth Siegelaub.” Baxter& recently came back to the limelight through a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Iain Baxter&: Works 1958 – 2011.

Please note: the artist has clarified that while the photograph was taken in 1967, this light box was produced in 2006, and its edition number is 1/7.

Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD

Sold For: $133,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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