Iain Baxter& (born Iain Baxter, he legally change his name in 2005) is a pioneering Canadian conceptual artist. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts.
Baxter& was born in Middlesbrough, England on November 16, 1936 and he immigrated with his family to Calgary, Canada in 1937. He attended the University of Idaho, where he received a BSc in Zoology in 1959 and his Masters of Education in 1962. Baxter& studied art and aesthetics theory in Japan in 1961, and completed a MFA at Washington State University in 1964.
Baxter&’s work focuses on the role of art as commodity and art’s use for cultural commentary. He has performed a number of innovations in post-modern art. In 1966 he was the first artist to adopt a corporate persona: the N.E. Thing Company (NETCO). This conceptual vehicle was created to parallel and satirize consumer culture. The N.E. Thing Company disbanded in 1978. Much of the artist’s subsequent work has involved mixed-media and prepared photography.
Baxter& has worked in various roles at the University of Windsor. He began as an Associate Professor in 1988, acted as the Director of the Visual Arts Department from 1996-1997, and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2002.
For his contributions to the arts, Baxter& has received a number of honours and awards. He was appointed an Officer of Canada in 2003, received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004, was inducted as a Member of the Order of British Columbia 2007, and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.
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Baxter&, Iain. Passing Through: Iain Baxter& Photographs, 1958-1983. (2006). Windsor, On. Art Gallery of Windsor.
Baxter&, Iain. Start Viewing. (1993). Vancouver, BC. Vancouver University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery.
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