is an American
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sculptor who has lived and worked in Canada
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Background and Art Practice
A 1954 graduate of Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, Baden studied at Pomona College
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(BA, 1958) and Stanford University
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(MFA, 1965). He is best known for his gallery-based kinaesthetic sculptures and for his public sculpture, both of which require a strong element of bodily interaction on the part of the viewer.
He lives in Victoria, British Columbia
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, where he continues to produce sculpture and public art. He is married to actor-director-writer Judith McDowell.
- Pavilion, Rock and Shell, 2005, Victoria, BC
- Fulcrum of Vision, 2003, Vancouver, BC
- Wall of Death, 1993 (with Colin Baden), Seattle, Washington
- Silage Beach, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA
- Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
- Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA
- Artpark, Lewiston, NY (with Michael Brewster)
- University of California
Awards and Exhibitions
In 2006, Baden was awarded a Governor General's Award
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in Visual and Media Arts.
His work has been exhibited at the Galeria Excelsior, Mexico City (1957); Galleria Pogliani, Rome (1959); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1960); Cobar Gallery, New York (1962); University of Mexico, Mexico City (1963); San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (1968); The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (1972); Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (1975); National Gallery of Canada, (2008); Benjamin Diaz Gallery, Toronto (2007 and 2009)
He taught at Stanford University, University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), Claremont Graduate University
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, and the University of British Columbia
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, among others, before his tenure at the University of Victoria in British Columbia from 1975 to 1997. Among his past students are several important contemporary artists, including Chris Burden
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, James Carl, Catherine MacLean, Barbara Fischer, Bill Burns
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, Lewis Baltz
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, Jessica Stockholder
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and Kim Adams
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