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Iain Baxter& (the artist recently added the ampersand to his name) is recognized as Canada’s pioneering conceptual artist. For over forty years, Baxter& has continually produced works that question the role of art as commodity and as a medium for cultural commentary. Among his many innovations, Baxter& was the first artist to adopt a corporate persona: in 1966, he formed the N.E. Thing Company. NETCO’s output ranged from conceptual, satirical, vacuum-formed still lives to post-modern appropriations of famous artworks. His recent work includes neon signs, ‘animal preserves’, a grocery cart of ‘GMO’s’ (genetically modified organisms) and installations using obsolete technology. The Art Gallery of Windsor recently curated the exhibition Passing Through of Baxter&'s photographs taken between 1959 and 1983. He has received numerous awards including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.