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THE ABSENCE AND RITUAL OF LIFE AND DEATH

Federica Marangoni and Colin Lochhead

Curated by Peter Hill and David MacWilliam

10 December 1979 - 22 December 1979
Opening Reception 10 December 1979 8pm

Performance and Installation The Absence and Ritual of Life and Death The following is a partial transcription of tapes from the performance: …that evening practically it was decided to put things in order a bit and clear them up first of all to give ourselves some answers to that perennial and tedious question about god […]

Robin Peck. Installation view. Photo: Unknown.

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SCULPTURE: CO-SPONSERED BY A-SPACE

Robin Peck

Curated by David MacWilliam

19 November 1979 - 8 December 1979
Opening Reception 19 November 1979 8pm

Rick Rhodes Vanguard, December 1980 Robin Peck’s Mercer Union show must ultimately be regarded as a confused effort, yet that doesn’t stop it from also being one of the most interesting sculpture exhibits in Toronto during 1979. The strength of the work — although this must be distilled from an overload of ideas — is […]

John Heward. Installation view. Photo: Unknown.

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JOHN HEWARD

John Heward

Curated by Renée Van Halm

17 October 1979 - 3 November 1979
Opening Reception 17 October 1979 8pm

Paintings John Heward is a Montreal artist and has shown extensively there and internationally most recently in Milan, Italy as part of 20 x 20 Italia/Canada. This is his first solo exhibition in Toronto and is part of Mercer Union’s programming mandate to bring acclaimed artists from across Canada to the attention of Toronto audiences. […]

John Massey. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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A DIRECTED VIEW (THE FIRST TWO ROOMS)

John Massey

Curated by David MacWilliam

15 September 1979 - 13 October 1979
Opening Reception 15 September 1979 8pm

At The Drop Of A Hat A Directed View (the first two rooms) Installation by John Massey A descriptive analysis by Paul Collins and G Robinson Centerfold, October 1979 John Massey has erected a wall length-wise down the middle of the gallery at Mercer Union, dividing the space into two rooms that make up A […]

Robert McNealy. Installation view. Offsite.

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LOCATIONS

Michael Balfe, Peter Blendell, Robert Bowers, Irène Busschaert, Christopher Butterfield, David Clarkson, Richard Evans, Brian Groombridge, Brian Kipping, Douglas Kirton, Colin Lochhead, Peter MacCallum, David MacWilliam, John McKinnon, Robert McNealy, Hans Peter Marti, Dan Reid, Gar Smith, Jana Sterbak, Robert Wiens, John Wilkinson

Curated by David MacWilliam

22 August 1979 - 8 September 1979
Opening Reception 21 December 2012 8pm

Outdoor works by 22 Toronto artists with documentation in the gallery

Judith Schwartz. Installation view. Photo: Unidentified.

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INSTALLATIONS / ON SITE

Deborah McCarthy, Murray MacDonald, Tim Clark, Judith Schwarz

Curated by David MacWilliam and Renée Van Halm

16 July 1979 - 25 August 1979
Opening Reception 13 July 1979 8pm

Installations / On site A cycle of installation works executed at Mercer Union and co-sponsored by A Space Adele Freedman Yesterday’s News, Today’s Sculpture Globe and Mail, Saturday 19 August 1979. There are some who open their doors every morning to find a newspaper, rolled tight as a croissant, fetch it inside and don’t give […]

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GROUP OPENING

Michael Balfe, Peter Blendell, Richard Evans, Peter Hill, Jamie Lyons, David MacWilliam, John McKinnon, Robert McNealy, Jaan Poldaas, Renée Van Halm, Joy Walker, Robert Wiens

Curated by David MacWilliam and Renée Van Halm

10 July 1979 - 14 July 1979
Opening Reception 10 July 1979 12am

Adele Freedman, “New Mercer Union Gallery Founded By And For Artists,” Globe and Mail, July 1979. “Toronto does not have, has never had, and desperately needs, an artists’ organisation dedicated to the exposition of new work in the most advanced forms of painting and sculpture.” This manifesto is the work of the Mercer Union, a […]