Garry Neill Kennedy at Printed Matter & Art Metropole






Garry Neill Kennedy is a Canadian conceptual artist who was, from 1967 to 1990, President of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

The Last Art College – Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968-1978
By Garry Neill Kennedy, MIT Press
How did a small art college in Nova Scotia become the epicenter of art education–and to a large extent of the postmimimalist and conceptual art world itself–in the 1960s and 1970s? Like the unorthodox experiments and rich human resources that made Black Mountain College an improbable center of art a generation earlier, the activities and artists at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (aka NSCAD) in the 1970s redefined the means and methods of art education and the shape of art far beyond Halifax.

Printed Matter / Imprimés, 1971- 2009
Compiled by Peter Trepanier, National Gallery of Canada
Produced in consultation with Garry Neill Kennedy, it includes printed matter designed by, or in collaboration with, the artist. Each entry, arranged chronologically, includes a photograph of the item and notes on dimensions, production and materials. The bibliography consists of a list of critical works on Kennedy, as well as articles relating to his role as president of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

At Printed Matter, New York:
The show – April 12th-May 30th – curated by Adam O’Reilly, will present over 100 of Kennedy’s artist’s books as well as accompanying posters, silkscreen prints, photos, and ephemera.
Kennedy’s double life as an art administrator had a significant influence on his artwork, with his sharp wit and humor, the books in this exhibit range from institutional critiques, political and social investigations, to appropriated New Yorker cartoons. Double book launch, April 12th, 6pm.

At Art Metropole, Toronto:
March 31st, 1pm, meet Garry Neill Kennedy and Peter Trepanier who will be in attendance to present the two new publications. A special display of selected self-published works by Kennedy will also be on display and available for sale.

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