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  • N. E. Thing Company Limited, Inflated Blue Sky, 1970, inflated polyvinyl acetate, 4' 3" x 13'. From “IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958–2011.”

    Iain Baxter&

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

    ART IS ALL OVER reads a lithographed document issued in 1971 by the N. E. Thing Company Limited (NETCO), a business founded in 1966, incorporated in 1969, and run by Iain Baxter (now IAIN BAXTER&) and his then wife, Ingrid, until 1978. This punning declaration (which appears as a sort of speech balloon floating on the surface of an official-looking form) marries Duchamp and Pollock, wherein the “allover” technique of AbEx is extended beyond the canvas’s edge to become something that appears everywhere, or “all over.” BAXTER& may have also meant this in another sense, one that points to a post-1968

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