NSCAD conceptual art

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NSCAD conceptual art refers to a period beginning in 1969 when Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), a post-secondary art school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada became an important art centre with an international reputation.[1]


In 1967, the artist Garry Kennedy was appointed President, and he immediately moved to remake the College from a provincial art school into an international centre for artistic activity. He invited notable artists to come to NSCAD as visiting artists, particularly those involved in conceptual art. Artists who made significant contributions during this period include Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Dan Graham, Eric Fischl, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Beuys and Claes Oldenburg.

NSCAD University Press[edit]

Under the direction of Kennedy, The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design was established as a vehicle to publish books by and about leading contemporary artists. The Press was instrumental in establishing the university's international reputation.[2] Between 1972 and 1987, 26 titles by such artists as Michael Snow, Steve Reich, Gerhard Richter and Yvonne Rainer were published.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bruce Barber, "Conceptual Art: The NSCAD Connection 1967-1973", Conceptual Art: The NSCAD Connection 1967-1973, Halifax: Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1998, p. 11
  2. ^ Garry Neill Kennedy, "NSCAD and the Sixties", Conceptual Art: The NSCAD Connection 1967-1973, pp. 25-6

Further reading[edit]

  • Barber, Bruce, ed. Conceptual Art: the NSCAD Connection 1967-1973. Halifax: Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1998. ISBN 978-0-920149-14-0
  • Lippard, Lucy R. Six Years: the Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. ISBN 978-0-520-21013-4

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