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Gerald Ferguson

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Gerald Ferguson January 29, 1937 – October 8, 2009 was a conceptual artist and painter who lived and taught in Halifax, Nova Scotia Born in Cincinnati he was both a Canadian and US citizen


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Work
  • 3 References
  • 4 Further reading
  • 5 External links


After receiving his MFA from Ohio University Ferguson taught at two institutions before coming to Canada in 1968, invited to teach at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design NSCAD in Halifax He continued to teach at NSCAD until his retirement in 2006


During his time at NSCAD he developed his conceptual approach to painting, what the Dalhousie Art Gallery curator Susan Gibson Garvey refers to as “literal, task-oriented paintings" With NSCAD president Garry Neill Kennedy, Ferguson helped establish NSCAD as an important centre for conceptual art, noted for his role in the idea of "the dematerialization of the art object" in Lucy Lippard's influential history of conceptualism Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 Critic Gary Michael Dault describes Ferguson's teaching at NSCAD as a "37-year trajectorywherein he stubbornly, persuasively tilled the fields of the kind of conceptual art for which the college became primarily known"

His work is represented in numerous public and private collections in Canada, the US and Europe Ferguson has had solo exhibitions at Dalhousie Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada

Ferguson has work in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum Sztuki, in Łódź, Poland In 1972-73 he was a visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts His work has been regularly reviewed in national and international art journals and news media In 1996, he was the recipient of 1995 Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize Ferguson retired from teaching in 2006 His estate is represented by Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto and CANADA in New York


  1. ^ Conceptual artist Gerald Ferguson dies, CBC News, October 09, 2009
  2. ^ a b Gary Michael Gault http://wwwcanadianartca/art/features/2008/03/01/back-door-beauty/
  3. ^ Roald Nasgaard Abstract Painting in Canada Douglas & McIntyre, 2008 p 337
  4. ^ Lucy R Lippard Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object from 1966 to 1972 University of California Press, 1997 p 179
  5. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2007-11-24 Retrieved 2009-06-02 
  6. ^ National Gallery of Canada
  7. ^ http://cccafineartsyorkuca/cv/english/ferguson-cvhtml
  8. ^ http://wwwmslorgpl/en/sztuka/index/id,566
  9. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2012-10-20 Retrieved 2012-11-17 

Further reading

  • Ferguson, Gerald and Susan Gibson Garvey Gerald Ferguson: Frottage Works 1994-2006 & Ash Can Paintings 2006 Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7703-2749-1
  • Jenkner, Ingrid Gerald Ferguson: 1,000,000 Grapes Halifax: Art Gallery Mount Saint Vincent University, 1999 ISBN 1-895215-84-6
  • Mahon, Patrick Lines Painted in Early Spring: Gerald Ferguson, Ben Reeves, Carmen Ruschiensky, Francine Savard Lethbridge: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 2003 ISBN 1-894699-22-X
  • Patten, James and Diana Nemiroff Gerald Ferguson: Recent Paintings Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2002 ISBN 0-88915-212-8
  • Spalding, Jeffrey Aspects of Canadian Painting of the 70s Calgary: Glenbow Museum, 1980
  • Young, Dennis Gerald Ferguson, Paintings Halifax and Toronto: Dalhousie Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Ontario, 1977

External links

  • Wynick/Tuck Gallery
  • CCCA Profile
  • ABC Artbooks

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