Background and Art Practice
A 1954 graduate of Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, Baden studied at Pomona College (BA, 1958) and Stanford University (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.
- 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 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 and 1979); 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, and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia), among others, before his tenure at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia from 1975 to 1997. Among his past students are several important contemporary artists, including Chris Burden, James Carl, Catherine MacLean, Barbara Fischer, Bill Burns, Lewis Baltz, Jessica Stockholder and Kim Adams.