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Post-War & Contemporary Art
4th Session

September 03 - September 24, 2020

Current bid: $1,500 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

816502 12-Sep-2020 09:37:30 PM $1,500

LOT 302

Iain Baxter
1936 -

Laminated Crumpled Paper Bag on Ringed Paper
mixed media, circa 1965
19 1/2 x 14 in, 49.5 x 35.6 cm

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $1,875

Preview at:

Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles
Private Collection, Illinois

Rolf Nelson Gallery, Los Angeles, "IT" Exhibition, November 29 - December 23, 1966

In December of 1966, Rolf Nelson Gallery in Los Angeles held an exhibition featuring works by conceptualist Ian Baxter&. Entitled the “IT” exhibition, the announcement card listed the works as being by N.E. Baxter Thing Co. These were nascent forms of the foundationally important artist collective N.E. Thing Co., led by co-presidents Baxter& and then partner Ingrid Baxter from 1967 to 1978. Influenced by media theorist Marshall McLuhan, this legally incorporated business used corporate mechanisms and trappings to present their art practice alongside contemporary culture, and employed a faceless corporate façade to grant them artistic anonymity.

Known for producing daring and cheeky works which intentionally obliterate traditional definitions of art-making, Baxter& has incorporated technologies such as the telex machine (a precursor to the fax machine), laminators and vacuum-sealers to engage with concepts at the intersection of art, industry and consumer culture. His body of work has been widely influential, and it laid the groundwork for many artists, including leading members of the Vancouver School such as Vikky Alexander, Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham.

Please note: this work is unframed.

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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