to all artists]
MICHAEL SNOW was born in Toronto not so long ago, and lives there now - but has
also lived in Montreal, Chicoutimi and New York. He is a musician (piano and other
instruments) who has performed solo as well as with various ensemble (most often
with the CCMC of Toronto) in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Many recordings
of his music have been released. His films have been presented at festivals in
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and
USA, and are in the collections of several archives, such as Anthology Film Archives
in New York City, the Royal Belgian Film Archives, Brussels, and the Oesterreichesches
Film Museum, Vienna. His film “Wavelength” won the Grand Prize at
the International Experimental Film Festival in Belgium in 1967. Another film
“So Is This” won the Los Angeles Film Critics award in 1982.
He is a painter and sculptor, though since 1962, much of his gallery work has
been photo-based or holographic. Work in all these media is represented in private
and public collections world-wide, including for example the National Gallery
of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Museum of Modern Art (New
York), Museum Ludwig (Cologne and Vienna), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and
both the Musée des Beaux-Arts and Musée d’art contemporain
He has done video, film and sound installations, and designed books, examples
of the latter being Micheal Snow/A Survey (1970) and Cover to Cover (1975). Retrospectives
of his painting, sculpture, photoworks and holography have been presented at the
Hara Museum (Tokyo), of his films at the Cinémathèquie Française
(Paris), Anthology Film Archives and L’Institut Lumière (Lyons) and
of his work in all media simultaneously at the Power Plant and the Art Gallery
of Ontario in 1994. Additional retrospective exhibitions have been mounted at
the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Musée d’art contemporain (Montreal).
Solo and group shows of his visual-arts works have been presented at museums and
galleries in Amsterdam, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Kassel, Los Angeles, Lucerne,
Lyons, Minneapolis, Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec
City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Toronto and elsewhere.
Michael Snow has executed several public sculpture commissions, the most well
known being Flight Stop at Eaton Center and The Audience at Skydome, both in Toronto.
He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1975) and
the Order of Canada (1982).