IAIN BAXTERand: Works 1958-2011

IAIN BAXTERand: Works 1958-2011

by David Moos, Alexander Alberro, Michael Darling, Dennis W. Durham
     
 

Iain Baxter legally changed his name to IAIN BAXTER& in 2005. He appended an ampersand to his name to underscore that art is about connectivity — about contingency and collaboration with a viewer. He also effected the name change to perpetuate a strategy of self re-definition that is central to his creative project. BAXTER& began making art in the late

Overview

Iain Baxter legally changed his name to IAIN BAXTER& in 2005. He appended an ampersand to his name to underscore that art is about connectivity — about contingency and collaboration with a viewer. He also effected the name change to perpetuate a strategy of self re-definition that is central to his creative project. BAXTER& began making art in the late-1950s under his birth name but quickly realized that the name itself was creative material, to be deployed, manipulated, and shared. In 1965, he formed a collaborative art-making entity which evolved into N.E. Thing Company, a corporate-styled entity whose co-presidents were BAXTER& and his wife Ingrid. Producing a diverse array of projects that encompassed conceptually based photography, pioneering works of appropriation art, and gallery transforming installations, the N.E. Thing Company offered a new model of art making, allowing the artists to remain anonymous and masquerade in the guise of business people.

Following the dissolution of N.E. Thing Company in 1978, BAXTER& produced extensive bodies of work with Polaroid film, created numerous installations that blended painting and sculpture, and made pedagogy a focus of his creative enterprise. Consistent themes permeate his work and vector through his thinking. And by assessing these themes — a relentless emphasis on reaching out to the viewer, a core concern with ecology and the environment, and a belief that art must assume plural means and media — one discerns BAXTER's creative credo, understanding that "art is all over."

This comprehensive book reviews BAXTER's remarkable career across all media. It accompanies a major international touring exhibition, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in November 2011 and at the Art Gallery of Ontario in April 2012. Featuring more than 160 reproductions of BAXTER's work, it also includes essays by the exhibition's curator, David Moos, along with contributions by Michael Darling (James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Alex Alberro (Associate Professor, University of Florida), and others. The book will also feature a comprehensive bibliography compiled by Adam Lauder (W.P. Scott Chair for Research in E-Librarianship, York University).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864926463
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions and Art Gallery of Ontario
Publication date:
02/04/2012
Edition description:
First edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Moos is an art advisor based in Toronto. From 2004 to 2011, he served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he organized such exhibitions as The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005, and Julian Schnabel: Art and Film. He holds a PhD in art history from Columbia University, New York.

Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Barnard College and Columbia University, is the author of Conceptual Art and the Politics of Publicity (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003). His essays have appeared in a wide array of journals and exhibition catalogues. He has also edited and co-edited a number of volumes, most recently Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists' Writings (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009).

David Moos is an art advisor based in Toronto. From 2004 to 2011, he served as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he organized such exhibitions as The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005, and Julian Schnabel: Art and Film. He holds a PhD in art history from Columbia University, New York.

Michael Darling has been the James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, since 2010. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum and Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, from 1998 to 2006. He has also written extensively on contemporary art, architecture, and design for exhibition catalogues, magazines, and newspapers since 1992.

Dennis W. Durham is an independent art historian. He received his PhD in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied with Robert Hobbs. He serves on the editorial board for IAINBAXTER&raisonnE, a Web-based research and archive site for the study of BAXTER&, and is working on a collaborative volume on information theory and conceptual art due out in 2012 by YYZ Press.

Christophe Domino is an independent art writer, curator, lecturer, and professor established in Paris. He writes for Le Journal des Arts (Paris), has contributed numerous essays to catalogues and academic and museum publications, and has written a dozen books, including à ciel ouvert; L'art contemporain à l'echelle du paysage (London and New York: Scala, 2005); with André Magnin, L'art africain contemporain (London and New York: Scala, 2005); Les années pop (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 2001); and Bacon: Monstre de peinture (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1996). He also teaches and is involved in institutional boards and organizations (AICA, FRAC Bretagne, Archives de la critique d'art). Domino has worked with IAIN BAXTER& since 1997 on texts, exhibitions, and projects, from Géographhiques (Corsica: FRAC Corse, 1997) to IAIN BAXTER&: Art Is All Over (with Marie-Josée Jean) (Villa Arson Centre national d'art contemporain, 2006).

Lucy R. Lippard is a writer/curator/editor/lecturer/activist and the author of twenty-one books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, most recently Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782 (Santa Fe, NM: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2010); The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (New York: New Press, 1997); and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place (New York: New Press, 1999). She is a receipient of seven honorary degrees, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Lannan grant, among other awards. Her most recent curatorial venture was Weather Report: Art and Climate Change (Boulder, CO: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007). She lives in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where she is on the County Traditional Community Planning committee and for fifteen years has edited the monthly community newsletter, El Puente de Galisteo.

Robert Wainstein is Project Assistant, Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He received a bachelor of arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-curated Louis I. Kahn: The Making of a Room, exhibited at the Arthur Ross Gallery. He worked as a curatorial intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art before joining the AGO in 2010.

Adam Lauder is W.P. Scott Chair for Research in e-Librarianship at York University, where he is developing an online catalogue raisonné of the work of IAIN BAXTER&. He is also author of a chapter on BAXTER& and the N.E. Thing Co. in Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (Toronto: YYZ, 2010) as well as journal articles in the Journal of Canadian Art History, Technoetic Arts, and Rampike. Lauder is also a contributor to Border Crossings, C, and Hunter and Cook magazines.

Isabelle Hermann is completing doctoral studies in art history at Paris 1, La Sorbonne, writing a dissertation under the direction of Professor Dagen that explores the reconceptualization of nature as an ecosystem in contemporary art since the late 1960s. Her master's thesis analyzed the N.E. Thing Co. and IAIN BAXTER&. Her analysis of the early production of BAXTER&, work strongly influenced by his ecological studies, spurred her current research on teh environment. Hermann is also a lawyer.

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