1971–74 Ontario College of Art, Canada (AOCA)

1968–69 Trent University, Peterborough, Canada (English & History)


2003–2018 University of Toronto (Visual Studies)

1981–83    Ontario College of Art (Experimental Arts)


2016          Diaz Contemporary, Toronto

2010          Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto

2008          Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto

2007          Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver

2006          University of Toronto Art Centre

2005          Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris

                  Spoke Club, Toronto

                  Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal

                  Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

2004          Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

                  Bailey Fine Arts, Toronto

2002          Solo Exhibition Space, Toronto

                  Massey College, Toronto

2001          Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

2000          Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

1999          Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

1997          Lutz Teutloff Galerie at the Chelsea Hotel, Cologne

1995          Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

1994          Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

                  Art Gallery of Hamilton (Canada)

1992          Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

1991          Art Gallery of Ontario, travelling exhibition in Ontario

1990          Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris

1989          Galerie Chantal Boulanger, Montreal

                  Open Studio, Toronto

1988          Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp

                  Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh

1986          Ydessa Gallery, Toronto

1984          Funnel, Toronto

1983          Galerie France Morin, Montreal

1981          Galerie France Morin, Montreal

1980          Institute for Art and Urban Resources, P.S.1, Long Island City

1979          Mercer Union, Toronto


2017          “Field Guide”, Remai Modern Museum, Saskatoon

                  “Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool), Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff

                  “Photography in Canada from 1960 - 2000”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

2016          “Collecting Red”, Gallery Stratford, Stratford

                  “Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989”, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

                  “Showroom”, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto

2015          “Stellar Living: A Benefit Auction for Mercer Union”, Mercer

                  Union, Toronto

2014          “Running on Empty”, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

                  La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal 

                  Adjunct installation, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2013          “Art Untitled,” Georgia Scherman Projects, Miami

                  “David Cronenberg: Through the Eye,” Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

                  “One, and Two, and More than Two,” The Power Plant, Toronto

                  “Stellar Living: Contemporary Art & Design Auction,” Mercer Union, Toronto

                  “Goodwater,” G Gallery, Toronto

                  “The Glove, the Car, and the Mirror” McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton

                  “Auto-Motive: World from the Windshield,” Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & Centennial Square, Oakville,

                  “Looking Out and Looking In: A Selection Of Contemporary Photography,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

                  “Silver Editions,” Gallery TPW, Toronto

2012          “Red Sky at Night”, Mercer Union, Toronto

                  “Interactions,” Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal

                  “Manscape: Man as Subject and Object”, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin

                  “Envisioning Buildings: Reflecting Architecture in Contemporary Art Photography,” MAK Exhibition Hall, Vienna

2011          "Rising to the Occasion: The Long 18th Century," McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton

                  “Elastic Frames,” Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

2010          “Marburg! The Early Bird!” Marburger Kunstverein, Germany

                  “Art at Work,” Art Gallery of Mississauga (Canada)

                  “Yesterday’s Tomorrows,” Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal

2009          “Other Worlds,” Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown (Canada)

                  “Road Runners,” VOX centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal

                  “True Lies,” Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto

                  “The Way I Are,” Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga

2008          “Metamorphosis,” Akbank Sanat, Istanbul

                  “Pleinairism,” i8 Gallery, Reykjavik

                  “Architecture Through Art,” Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries (Canada)

2007          “Cinema Paradiso,” Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

                  “25sec. – Toronto,” Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto

                  “Projections,” University of Toronto galleries, travelling to Art Gallery of Alberta (2008)

2006          “Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection,” Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

                  “Sound and Vision,” Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

                  “Existing, Nonconforming,” Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

                  “Art of Peace,” Victoria & Albert Museum, London

                  The Viewing Room, Toronto

2005          “Lasting Impressions,” Art Gallery of Hamilton (Canada)

2004          “This Much is Certain,” Royal College of Art Galleries, London

                  “ID International,” Art Miami Basel           

2003          “Adorno,” Franfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt

                  “Psychotopes,” YYZ Artist’s Space, Toronto

                  “Revealing the Subject,” Oakville Galleries, Oakville

                  “Mixed Messaging,” Toronto International Art Fair

2002          Bailey Fine Arts at New York Armory Show, Photography

                  “New Photography,” Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

                  “Excelerator,” Innovations Foundation, University of Toronto

2001          “Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro,” University Art Museum, Brisbane

                  “Big Shots,” Art Sytem, Toronto

                  “Tempus Fugit,” Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa (Canada)

                  “Four Days at the Whitehouse,” 11 Jersey Avenue, Toronto

2000          “Canadian Stories,” Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto (through 2003)

1999          “Tongues & Ashes,” Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Canada)

                  “In Lieu,” Swan Restaurant, Toronto

1997          “After Life II, Anthuriums & Passion Flowers,” Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

                  “Rococo Tattoo: The Ornamental Impulse in Toronto Art,” Power Plant, Toronto

                  “La Luxure,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1996          The Biennale in Sydney (Australia)

                  Inter Access, Toronto        

1995         “Barbara Bloom, Ian Carr-Harris, John Massey,” S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto

                  Lutz Teutloff Galerie, Cologne

                  “Press Enter,” Power Plant, Toronto

1994          “The Body – Le Corps,” Kunsthalle Bielefeld, travelling to Haus am Waldsee, Berlin

                  “Fixing the Gaze,” Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto

1993          “Canada: Une nouvelle génération,” Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne & FRAC Franche-Comté, Dole


1992          “Xmostra da Gravura,” Museu da Gravura, Cidade de Curitiba (Brazil)

                  “Beau,” Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa

                  Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris

1991          “Arden, Doherty, Garnell, Horsfield, Massey, Struth,” Galerie Giovanna Minelli, Paris

                  “Das Goldene Zeitalter,” Württembergischer Künstverein, Stuttgart

                  “Practicing Beauty,” Art Gallery of Hamilton (Canada)

1990          “Passages de l’image,” Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, travelling to Fundació Caixa de 
Pensions, Barcelona (1991);

Wexner Art Center, Columbus (1991); Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1992)

                  “Photographic Inscription: Künst aus Toronto,” Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart

1989          “Fictions,” Mirabel International Airport, Montreal

                  Grace Hopper Collective at 1400 Dupont Street, Toronto

                  Parachute Benefit Show, Galerie Chantal Boulanger & Galerie René Blouin, Montreal

                  Selections from the Ann and Marshall Webb Collection, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto

1987          “From Sea to Shining Sea,” Power Plant, Toronto

                  “Toronto: A Play of History,” Power Plant, Toronto

1986          “Focus – Canadian Art 1960–85,” 20th International Cologne Art Fair

1985          “Alles und Noch Viel Mehr,” Künstmuseum, Bern

                  “Aurora Borealis,” Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal

                  Laurentian University Art Centre, Sudbury (Canada)

                  Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

                  “Subjects and Subject Matter,” London Ontario Regional Art Gallery at the Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto

                  “Four Legs Good: The Dog Show,” Art Gallery at Harbourfront, Toronto

1984          “Canada / New York,” 49th Parallel, New York

                  “Reflections: Contemporary Art Since 1964,” National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1983          “Künstler aus Kanada,” Württembergischer Künstverein, Stuttgart

1982          “OKanada,” Akademie der Künst, Berlin, travelling to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1981          “Spring Hurlbut, Ron Martin, John Massey, Becky Singleton,” Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

1980          “Hier et Après,” Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

                  Paris Biennale (France)

1979          “Confrontations,” Vancouver Art Gallery


 2007          Because It’s Twue, video commission at Dundas Square


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo                             

Art Gallery of Hamilton , Hamilton                              

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto                                   

Bruce Bailey Collection, Toronto                                             

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa                    

Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris                                

Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh                                                     

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal 

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Remai Modern Museum, Saskatoon

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Vancouver Art Gallery

Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto


2017–        European Curatorial Committee, Art Gallery of Ontario

                  Board of Governance, Massey College

2016–        Chair of Massey College Art Committee, Massey College

2016          Duncan Street Public Art Jury

2002–09    Art Gallery of Ontario, Board of Directors

1996–        Member of corporation, Massey College

1990–94    Power Plant, Board of Directors


2010          Canada Council Project Grant

2004          Canada Council A Grant

2001          Gershon Iskowitz Award

1995          Canada Council A Grant

1992          Canada Council A Grant

1987          Canada Council A Grant


Artist’s Publications

2006          Kitsch Unedited, book compiled by Jan Andriesse (Holland: De Pont museum of 
contemporary art), pp 75–6

1984          Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, poster

1982          The House that Jack Built, 24-page book

1979          The Ornate Railing of Partial Appeasement, poster 


2017          Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971 - 1989, Art Gallery of Ontario

2016          John Massey: Black on White (Toronto)

                  Photography in Canada from 1960 - 2000, National Gallery of Canada/Canadian photography, Ottawa

                  Yesterday’s Tomorrows (Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal)

                  The Donovan Collection (Toronto: University of St. Michael’s College)

2008          Metamorphosis (Istanbul: Akbank Sanat)

2007          Cinema Paradiso (Melbourne: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art)

                  20/20 Vision, The Power Plant 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Art Auction (Toronto: 
The Power Plant)

                  Projections (University of Toronto)

2006          John Massey, This Land (Paris: Canadian Cultural Centre)

                  Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection (Berlin: Hamburger Bahnhof)

                  Existing, Nonconforming (Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery)

                  Art of Peace Auction for Atlantic College (London: Victoria & Albert Museum)

2005          John Massey, Phantoms of the Modern (Toronto: Bailey Fine Arts)

2004          John Massey, The House that Jack Built (Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography)

2000          John Massey, Once Upon a Time (Toronto: Olga Korper Gallery)

1999          John Massey: Modern Waiting Area, Faux Install, Jack in Situ (Toronto: Olga Korper Gallery)

1995          Press/Enter: Between Seduction and Disbelief (Toronto: Power Plant)

1994          The Body – Le Corps (Kunsthalle Bielefeld)

                  John Massey (Art Gallery of Hamilton)

1992          Canada: Une nouvelle génération (Gétigné-Clisson: FRAC des Pays de la Loire / La Roche-sur-Yon: Musée Municipal / Les

Sables-d’Olonne: Musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix / Dole: FRAC Franche-Comté)

                  Beau (Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography)

                  La collection: Tableau inaugural (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal)

1991          Mattress Factory: Installation and Performance 1982–89  (Pittsburgh: Mattress Factory)

                  Das Goldene Zeitalter (Stuttgart: Württembergischer Künstverein)

                  John Massey: Six Prints (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario)

1990          Passages de l’image (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou / Barcelona: Fondació Caixa de Pensions,1991)

                  Practicing Beauty (Art Gallery of Hamilton)

                  Photographic Inscription: Künst aus Toronto (Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

1989          Fictions (Montreal: LGE & Aubes 3935 Galerie)

                  Selections from the Ann and Marshall Webb Collection (Toronto: Art Gallery of York University)

1988          Twilight’s Last Gleaming (Antwerp: Ruimte Morguen)

1987          Toronto: A Play of History / Jeu d’histoire (Toronto: Power Plant)

                  From Sea to Shining Sea (Toronto: Power Plant)

1985          Aurora Borealis (Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal)

                  Four Legs Good: The Dog Show (Toronto: Art Gallery at Harbourfront)

                  Alles Und Noch Viel Mehr (Bern: Künstmuseum)

                  Subjects and Subject Matter (London Ontario Regional Art Gallery)

1983          Canada / New York (New York: 49th Parallel)

                  Künstler aus Kanada (Stuttgart: Würtembergischer Künstverein)

1982          OKanada (Berlin: Akademie der Künst / Ottawa: The Canada Council)

1981          Spring Hurlbut, Ron Martin, John Massey, Becky Singleton (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario)

1980          Hier et Après (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)

1979          Confrontations (Vancouver Art Gallery)

Books & Articles

2016          Murray Whyte, “At the AGO, a river that flows, finally, in multiple directions,” The Toronto Star, 6 Oct

2010          Murray Whyte, “Making room to revisit a movie classic,” The Toronto Star, 13 Nov

                  David Balzer, “John Massey: Cine signs,” Canadian Art Online, 3 Nov

                  Peggy Gale, Wharf centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie

                  Ihor Holubizky, “John Massey,” The Gershon Iskowitz Prize 1986–2006

                  “John Massey – Soldiers,” Descant, issue 148

2009          Ariane Noël de Tilly, “Moving images, editioned artworks and authenticity,” Art Conservation and Authenticities

                  “Ten Stones,” artist’s project, Public, vol. 38

                  Ian Carr-Harris, “Toronto: John Massey,” Contemporary Annual, issue 96

2008          Bill Clarke, “John Massey,” Modern Painters, October

                  Rick Rhodes, “John Massey: Driven to Distraction,” Canadian Art Online, July

2007          “John Massey interviews himself on ‘This Land (The Photographs),’” Idea&s, vol. 4, no. 2

2005          Joshua Knelman, “Bruce Almighty” (Camera), Toronto Life, March

2004          “Les vingt ans du CIAC,” Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal

                  Sarah Milroy, “Massey’s masterpiece,” Globe & Mail, 24 Aug

                  Robert Fulford, “There’s no place like this home,” The National Post, 12 Oct

                  Kevin Browne, “It isn’t a snap,” The National Post, 7 Feb

2003          Sarah Milroy, “Odes to a city under siege,” Globe & Mail, 11 Sept

2002          Gary Michael Dault, Review, Canadian Art, Summer

                  Illustration for “Love, love will tear us apart, again …,” C, Spring

2001          Gary Michael Dault, “A military invasion of the familiar,” Globe & Mail, 8 Dec

2000          Bruce Bailey, “Minimalist Tea for Two,” Weekend Post, 1 April

                  Gary Michael Dault, “The polarities of beauty and threat,” Globe & Mail, 13 May

                  Thomas Hirschmann, “Dancing puppets,” Weekend Post, 13 May

                  Blake Gopnik, “Moments of truth, traces of fiction,” Globe & Mail, 21 Nov

1999          Gillian MacKay, “Massey manipulates modernist illusions,” Globe & Mail, 6 Feb

1998          Russell Keziere, “Digital Being: Reproduction in the age of art,” Artbyte, vol.1, no.2

1997          Terry Smith, ed., “In Visible Touch: Modernism and Masculinity,” Power Publications, Sydney

                  “Job’s Eyes,” artist’s project, Public, no.15: Icons and Ideas

1994          Didier Ottinger, “The Jack Photographs ou l’ubiquité du regard,” Parachute, no.74

                  John Bentley Mays, “No Exit,” Canadian Art, vol.11, no.2

                  Anne McPherson, “John Massey at the Hamilton Art Gallery,” Art in America

1992          John Bentley Mays, “Plumbing the depths of the unsayable,” Globe & Mail, 6 June

1990          Florette Camard, “Passages de l’image,” Galeries (Paris), Oct/Nov

                  Gordon Lebredt, “Some thoughts on Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” C, Fall

1989          Peggy Gale, “Art as Embodied Conditions,” Parachute, Oct/Nov/Dec

                  Claire Gravel, “L’imagination sans limite de John Massey,” Le Devoir, 18 Feb

                  Russell Keziere, “Ich bin ein Woodcutter Kanada/Europe/Amerika,”Vanguard, Feb/March

                  John Bentley Mays, “Toronto: A Play of History,” Toronto, May

1986          John Bentley Mays, “From coast to coast,” Globe & Mail, 27 Dec

                  John Bentley Mays, “Making sense out of culture’s image circus,” Globe & Mail, 25 Jan

                  John Bentley Mays, “John Massey, Photographic works and graphics at the Ydessa Gallery,” 
Globe & Mail, 23 Jan

                  Elke Town, “John Massey,” Parachute, June/July/Aug

                  Dot Tuer, “John Massey,” Vanguard, April/May

                  William Wood, “Saint Jack,” C, Spring

1985          Salem Alaton, “Gallery goes to the dogs,” Globe & Mail, 28 Sept

                  Robert Graham, “Aurora Borealis,” C, Fall

                  Elio Grazioli, “Aurora Borealis,” Flash Art, Oct/Nov

                  Scott Lauder, “The National Set-up,” Canadian Forum, Dec

                  Gillian Mackay,”A Milestone in Contemporary Art,” Maclean’s, 19 Aug

1984          John Bentley Mays, “A bumpily uneven display of expatriate art,” Globe & Mail, 30 March

                  Robert Bringhurst, Visions: Contemporary Art in Canada (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre)

                  David Burnett & Marilyn Schiff, Contemporary Canadian Art (Edmonton: Hurtig)

1983          Bruce Ferguson, “Artists from Canada,” Artmagazine, Summer

                  Lawrence Sabbath, “Multi-media exhibit shows concern for total environment,” Gazette, 9 April

1982          Jeanne Parkin, Art in Architecture (Toronto: Visual Arts Ontario)

1981          Peggy Gale, “John Massey’s essential realities,” Parachute, Fall

1980          John Bentley Mays, “Massey makes room for himself on art scene,” Globe & Mail, 26 April

                  Ann Morrison, “Off the Pedestal: Appearance vs Content,” Vanguard, March