Close to the Edge

Gerald Ferguson

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ISBN: 9781554578733

Close to the Edge

The Work of Gerald Ferguson

  Author:   Gerald Ferguson    
  Publisher:  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Close to the edge… contains seven essays and statements by Gerald Ferguson that collectively serve as the definitive account of this important artist’s approach to his art and his times. Beginning with his first works in Halifax in the late 1960s and ending with his statement for his last exhibition, New Paintings — Landscapes, held in Toronto in 2009, Ferguson’s collected writings are a unique document in Canadian art history.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781554578733
Item MC0255
PublisherArt Gallery of Nova Scotia
PublisherArt Gallery of Nova Scotia
Published onApril 1 2019
Language eng
Pages 180
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.27(in) x 9.84(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Status NOT YET PUBLISHED

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.

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."

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 ?ód?, 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.