The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will open the new exhibition Passing Through: Iain BAXTER& Photographs on Friday February 27. The exhibition, organized by the Art Gallery of Windsor and curated by James Patten will be on view February 28 - May 17, 2009. In addition, Iain BAXTER& will give a tour of the exhibition on Saturday February 28 at 2:30pm. This tour is free with Gallery admission and free for AGNS Members.
Throughout his 40 year career, Iain BAXTER& has challenged ideas about what art is and what it does. Using everyday objects and processes, including his famous 1966 “Bagged Place” -a home in which every item was encased in a plastic bag- he creates works of art that engage audiences in contemporary social, political, and environmental issues. BAXTER& has taken photographs since the 1950s and is Canada’s first and most widely recognized conceptual artist. While many aspects of his practice are well documented, his photographs remain largely unknown. Passing Through: Photographs by Iain BAXTER& includes colour prints, Polaroids, and duratrans taken between 1959 and 1983, most of which have never been exhibited.