N.E. Thing Co.: Preview Button to The Centennial Project

A button promoting the preview opening to Iain Baxter and N.E. Thing Co.'s Centennial Project exhibit at the Douglas Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. on August 25, 1967. Reportedly at the opening, the floors and walls of the gallery were sealed with plastic and the space was flooded ankle-deep with water, hot dog stands were installed, balloons were added, and it was declared it a "Beach Party Swim-in" by Baxter. The show itself featured various three-dimensional sculpture, landscapes and bagged works.

In 2005, Baxter legally added an “&” to his name, becoming Baxter&, to reflect his collaborative approach to art-making. Baxter& is sometimes called Canada's first conceptual artist, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. The button was made by the Geo. H. Hewitt Company (printed on the edge of the button), founded in 1885 and still in existence today. Item #1020.

Condition: Very Good, rust to verso of button.

Art button
Douglas Gallery
1" in diameter
Vancouver, B.C.: 1967

Price: $125.00

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