Gerald Ferguson, ‘16 Ashcans’, 2006, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery
Gerald Ferguson, ‘16 Ashcans’, 2006, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Gerald Ferguson (1937-2009) was involved early on in the 1960’s in the conceptual art scene in New York. In 1968 he began teaching at NCCAD in Halifax Nova Scotia where he taught for the next 35 years. In Ferguson’s career he was exhibited widely internationally.

The body of work being shown represents the frottage work of Ferguson for which he is best known. The hands-on no-nonsense work ethic was important to the artist and is evident in the powerful raw nature of this body of work, implemented with off-the-shelf- marine black paint. The quick decisiveness hands-off approach captures what Ferguson called, “beauty through the back door”
Gerald Ferguson was a widely acclaimed conceptual artist, painter, writer, curator, collector and influential professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for almost four decades. His ground-breaking work has been exhibited throughout Canada, as well as in the U.S. and Europe, and collected by most major public galleries in Canada, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was also included in the seminal exhibition that cemented conceptualism as a genre, Information, at the Museum of Modern Art, 1970. His work was seen in annual solo exhibitions at WTG for over twenty years. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. As an influential and respected professor he, along with Gary Neill Kennedy, transformed the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 60’s to become a world renowned art school.

In his section on Ferguson in Abstract Painting in Canada, Roald Nasgaard stated “Always there are ironies, subterfuges or inversions with regard to the proud history of abstraction, operations that nevertheless (or is it therefore?) yield “profoundly moving visual poetry”, as Gary Michael Dault concluded on viewing an exhibition of the Frottage Paintings at the Wynick/Tuck Gallery in Toronto in 2002.

For one of the Millennium Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada, 2000, curator Diana Nemiroff organized an exhibition of Ferguson’s One Million Pennies, 1974 and the 100 painting installation, 1,000,000 Grapes, (initially exhibited at the Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery in the fall of 1998). In Dennis Reid’s third edition of A Concise History of Canadian Painting, he wrote about the Grapes; “—It was painting elevated to a cosmic, perhaps even celestial, level.”

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016 Gerald Ferguson and Robin Peck: I Am Not An Answer, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2015 Fred Giampietro Gallery, Beauty Through the Back Door
2014 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Ontario!
2006 Fencing, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario !
2005 Door Mat Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario

2004 Drop Cloth Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario

2003 Drop Cloth Paintings, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario

1,000,000 Grapes, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery , Kitchener , Ontario 

2002 Gerald Ferguson: Recent Paintings, Winnipeg Art Gallery , Winnipeg , Manitoba ;
Museum London , London , Ontario and Calgary Art Gallery , Calgary , Alberta
2001 Clothes Line Paintings , Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario 

2000 Firebacks, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario 

1999 One Million Grapes & One Million Pennies, 2000 and Counting, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa,
Ontario 

1998 1,000,000 Grapes, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
1997 New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1995 Gerald Ferguson, Constructions: 1989-1994, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax
Times Roman, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, and Owens Art Galley,
Sackville, New Brunswick.

Paintings and Works on Paper, 1968-1969, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
The Initial Alphabet, Vancouver Art Gallery,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (catalogue).

1994 New Paintings , Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1993 3 Structures, Lallouz & Watterson, Montreal, Quebec

New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1992 New Paintings and an Installation, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

1991 Still Lifes, Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax, N.S.

1990 New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

Silhouettes, Nova Scotia Photo Gallery Co-op, Halifax, N.S.

1989 Gerald Ferguson: Still Lifes, Mount St.Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax ! (catalogue)

1988 Gerald Ferguson: Flowers, Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, Ontario!
1987 Gerald Ferguson, (dl) Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

1986 Gerald Ferguson: Landscapes, Grunwald & Watterson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario! Landscapes,
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask. (Catalogue)

1984 The Famous Frank Slide, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
Landscapes and Seascapes,Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, N.S. Gerald Ferguson: Works
1981 1,000,000 PENNIES, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (brochure)

1980 Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Maintenance Painting (Nos.8-12), Arthur Street Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba! Installation, Corpus and
Alphabet Pages, J.M. Godscaulx Gallery, St.Norbert College, Wisconsin

1979 Installation of Corpus, Vitrine, Paris, France

1978 2 Copper Plates, D.C. Space, Washington, D.C. Permanent Installation

1977 trzy obrazy/three paintings, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland (catalogue)

Gerald Ferguson, Paintings, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
1974 Selected Works, 1968-1973, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1973 Sound Works, Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco, California!
1971 Sound Installation, Gallery A-402, California Institute of the Arts, LA

1970 Reading: The four letter words from The Standard Corpus, NSCAD, Halifax, N.S. ! (Dec.9)

Landscapes, Simon Fraser Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Provincial Illustration, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Make Painting Great Again, CANADA, NY
2005 Classified Materials: Accumulations, Archives, Artists, Vancouver Art Gallery,
Vancouver, BC
2004 To A Watery Grave, Confederation Art Centre, PEI

Work Work Work. MSVU Art Gallery

Informal Ideas, 04-03 (landscape). Wynick/Tuck Gallery, May 29-July 24

Toronto International Art Fair, (Wynick/Tuck Gallery)

2003 Lines Painted in Early Spring, Gerald Ferguson, Ben Reeves, Carmen Ruschiensky,
Francine Savard curated by Patrick Mahon (catalog.) touring exhibition until 2004
 Newton’s Prism:
Layer Painting, Gallery One One One, University of Winnipeg ! curated by Cliff Eyland

2001 Grapes and Graphs, Basement Canada , New York , New York

2000 Various exhibitions, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario 

Informal Ideas: 00.3 (Play) , Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario 

Proposals from Halifax , National Gallery of Canada , Library and Archives 
 HX:2000, Eye Level Gallery,
Halifax , Nova Scotia 

Wallpapers, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia , Halifax , Nova Scotia 

Art in the 2nd Half of the 20th Century, The Appleton Art Museum , Ocala , Florida 

Typecast, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto , Ontario

Niagara , Art Gallery of Windsor , Ontario 

1998 Layers, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1997 Informal Ideas 97.5, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Landscape in Question, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1996 The Middle Show, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

List, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1995 The Tourist, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario. (Catalogue)

Milieu: The Order of the Presentation, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto,
Ontario.
 Hidden Values: Ontario Corps Collect, McMichael Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario
1994 New Paintings, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

Hidden Values: Atlantic Corps Collect, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
Uses of the Vernacular in Contemporary Art, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax. Nova Scotia
1993 Terra Firma, Mt. St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S., (catalogue)

1992 CIAE, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

CIAE, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Chicago International Art Exposition, Chicago, Illinois 

1990 Language in Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Touring
Gallery Artists Exhibitions, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1988 Eighty/Twenty: 100 Years of NSCAD, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario,
Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta. (Catalogue)

1986 FOCUS - Canadian Art 1960-1985, 20th International Cologne Art Fair, Reinhallen,
1,000,000 PFENNIG, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)

A Centennial Salute: AGNS Paintings by 15 NSCAD Studio Teachers,
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Culture's Nature, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Sask. (catalogue)

1985 News from NOVA SCOTIA, Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Ont. (Catalogue)

1983 Appropriations, Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, N.S.

1980 Personal Image for Social Space, Architectural Glass,
Touring exhibition for ! competition finalists, various locations across Canada

Aspects of Canadian painting of the 70's, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta (catalogue)
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Sask.

1979 Compass/8 Painters, Harbourfront Art Gallery, Toronto

1978 Works on Paper, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Alberta

1977 Choral Reading of the Standard Corpus, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Nov.17)

1976 5 artists, Ohio University Art Gallery, Ohio

1975 Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Canadian Canvas, Travelling exhibition sponsored by TIME Magazine various
locations across Canada. (Catalogue)

1974 Word Works, Mt. San Antonio College of Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1973 New Graphics Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1972 Abridged Choral Reading of the Standard Corpus, NSCAD, Halifax, NS (April 17)

Halifax-Vancouver Exchange, Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia

1971 Recent Vanguard Acquisitions, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Prints from Halifax, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Lithographs, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (circulating exhibition)

Untitled II, Museum of Modern Art, New York

10 Halifax Artists, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

Wire Presentations, Gallery 16, Kyoto, Japan

45 30'N - 73 36'W, Sir George Williams Art Gallery, Montreal

1970 Nirvana, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan

Information, Museum of Modern Art, New York!
Visions, Projects and Proposals, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England


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