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|The following biographical information, submitted August 2006, is from the artist, who was born in Toronto, Canada in 1929.|
Michael Snow works in many mediums: painting, sculpture, video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.
This artist works in many artistic disciplines: painting, sculpture,
video, films, photography, holography, drawing, books and music.
In 2004, the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne awarded him an
honorary doctorate. The last previous artist so awarded was Pablo
Snow’s works are exhibited regularly in museums and galleries,
particularly in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Montreal, Toronto and New
York. His works were included in the shows marking the reopening of
both the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2000 and the MoMA in New York in
2005. In March 2006 his works were included in the Whitney
In his 2002 Village Voice review of *Corpus Callosum, J.
Hoberman wrote “Rigorously predicated on irreducible cinematic facts,
Snow's structuralist epics—Wavelength and La Région Centrale—announced
the imminent passing of the film era. Rich with new possibilities,
*Corpus Callosum heralds the advent of the next. Whatever it is, it
cannot be too highly praised.” *Corpus Calossum was screened at the
Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam, and the Los Angeles film festivals amongst
In January 2003, Snow won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association,
Douglas Edwards Independent Experimental Film/Video Award for *Corpus
Callosum. His numerous films have premiered in major film
festivals all over the world. Five of his films have premiered at
the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In 2000, TIFF
commissioned Snow with Atom Egoyan and David Cronenburg to make short
films, Preludes, for the 25th Anniversary of the Toronto International
His public art works include the iconic geese, Flight Stop, at
the Eaton Centre and The Audience at the SkyDome/Rogers Centre, both in
Toronto. His works have been in virtually every Canadian pavilion at
every world fair since his Walking Women sculpture was in Expo 67 in Montreal.
In 1993 The Michael Snow Project was a many month, multi-venue major
retrospective of Snow’s works in Toronto including public venues and at
the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant. Concurrently his works
were the subjects of four books published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
Walking women are the subject of his most recent book work BIOGRAPHIE
of the Walking Woman / de la femme qui marche 1961-1967 (2004),
published in Brussels by La Lettre vole. It is all images of public
appearances of his famous icon.
Anarchive2: Digital Snow describes Michael Snow as “one of the most
significant artists in contemporary art and cinema of the past 50
years.” This 2002 DVD was initiated by Paris’ Centre Pompidou and
produced with the support of la foundation Daniel Langlois, Université
Paris, Heritage Canada, the Canada Council, Téléfilm Canada and
Montreal’s Époxy. It is an encyclopaedia of his works in many
media, browsed in a manner inimitably and artfully created by Snow. Its
4,685 entries include film clips, sculpture, photographs, audio and
musical clips, and interviews.
He is both a jazz pianist and an experimental musician. He performs
regularly in Canada and abroad, often with CCMC, the improvisational
music ensemble with which he has performed for more than a decade and
with which he has released more than a half dozen albums.
EXHIBITIONS: Current and Upcoming
A solo exhibition of Snow’s installation works will
be presented at MALI (Art Museum of Lima) in Peru, opening June
2006. His work appears in Ethnic Marketing, an international
exhibition at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, also opening June
Sculpture and video by Snow will be in Palindromes
at the Biennale d’art contemporain du Havre, France, opening June 2006,
continuing to September 2006 (curated by Claude Gosselin). In May 2006,
he will present a film program and solo piano concert at Xcèntric,
Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.
Snow’s i new moving-image work titled The Window Suite
(formerly known as Exposures) will be installed on the façade of the
Pantages hotel/condominium complex in downtown Toronto in spring
2006. His proposal for the site was selected in a competition of
June 2003, and has been in production since that date.
At the Whitney Biennial, opening 2 March 2006 (until
May) in New York, Snow shows three works: the films SSHTOORTTY, WVLNT…
and video installation SHEEPLOOP.
The group exhibition Raconte-moi/Tell me will open
in September 2006 at the Forum d’art contemporain in Luxembourg
EXHIBITIONS Just completed:
Snow’s projection work Solar Breath (Northern
Caryatids) was presented along with a selection of his films by
Lumen/Evolution, in a week-long presentation of international
experimental cinema in Leeds, UK in April 2006.
His three-screen video installation That/Cela/Dat
was included in the international group exhibition Smile Machines,
curated by Anne-Marie Duguet, part of Transmediale.06 presented at the
Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in February-March 2006.
October Magazine, issue 114 (fall 2005) features three separate articles on Snow’s work, and an interview with Annette Michelson.
SSHTOORTY was screened at Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festival, February 2006.
Snow was visiting artist/lecturer at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais in Sierre, Switzerland, January 2006
His video Sheeploop is projected in the Paris metro (Madeleine) during January 2006.
Snow showed projection works and prints in a
two-person exhibition with Sam Taylor-Wood at the Museum of Modern Art
in New York September, October and November 2005.
Simultaneously the MOMA cinema showed a retrospective of Snow films.
He lectured at MOMA on October 5, 2005 in a new series of "media" lectures.
Snow was a visiting artist/lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design in November 2005.
Curated by Martha Langford for the Galerie de l’UQAM
and Mois de la Photo, an exhibition of Snow’s work concentrating on
Windows and Framing ran the months of September and October 2005 in
Projection works were in a major group exhibition
Raconte-moi/Tell me October and November 2005 at The Musée des Beaux
Arts, Quebec City.
Snow’s most recent film SSHTOORRTY had its Toronto premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sept 13, 2005.
Snow was included in the important exhibition
LisboaPhoto at Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal (May 2005),
in the section "Etats d'Images", co-curated by Raymond Bellour and
Invited to the Getty Foundation (Los Angeles) in
April 2005, Snow was part of Filmmakers/Musicians with Tony Conrad for
film screenings and a solo piano concert. His films were also screened
at UCLA and Film Forum.
Snow’s projection work Solar Breath…. Was in an
international group exhibition curated by Raymond Bellour in Lisbon,
Portugal in April/May 2005
He was a visiting artist/professor at L’Ecole
nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges, France, in December 2004 and May
2005. For May, he also presented two exhibitions: Hearing Aid at La
Box, and Hue, Chroma, Tint at Transpalette, plus a solo piano concert
In March 2005 Snow presented an evening of
projections and music entitled Hue, Chroma, Tint at Daniel Langlois’
club 357c in Montreal.
Further, his 1969/1970 slide-carrousel work, Sink,
was in Small: The Object in Film, Video and Slide Installations at the
Whitney Museum, New York (18 November 2004 – 6 March 2005). His
recently-completed two-screen collaboration with Toronto filmmaker Carl
Brown, Triage, was shown 22 November 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, as part of the renovated MoMA’s opening exhibitions, and
again in December.
Snow had three works in Timelength at Galerie
Leonard et Bina Ellen, Concordia University (Montreal) 10 November – 22
Works by Snow were included in a many-media group
exhibition called Régarder, observer, surveiller, at Galerie Séquence,
Chicoutimi, Quebec, August-September 2004.
Photo-works were presented at PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain, June-August 2004.
Kino Arsenal in Berlin presented a four-week
retrospective of Snow’s film works, along with several video
installation pieces, in June 2004. He presented a solo piano concert on
a program with the performance of his recently-composed Hue, Chroma,
Tint, for classical quartet, at the Hamburger Bahnhof. He also signed
copies of his recently-published all-image bookwork BIOGRAPHIE, at
Galerie/Verlag Barbara Wien.
An honourary degree was conferred on Snow by Emily
Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, on 8 May 2004.
On 15 March 2004 Snow received an honorary doctorate
(docteur honoris causa) at l’Université de Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.
In March 2004, Snow co-exhibited (film retrospective
plus photographic work) with Heinz Emigholz at Goethe-Institut
During 2003-2004 Snow’s work was part of the touring exhibition Sound Tracks
at Edmonton, Toronto, and Regina Saskatchewan in Canada. At both
Edmonton and Regina Snow also played a solo piano concert.
A thirty-minute two-screen collaboration with
Toronto filmmaker Carl Brown, titled Triage, had its world premiere at
Goethe -Institut in Toronto, 22 April 2004.
During February-June 2004, Snow’s Two Sides to Every
Story was included in X-Screen. Filmische Installationen und Aktionen
der 60er und 70er Jahre at MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig
New photoworks were presented in an exhibition
titled Powers of Two at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York (Feb-March
2004), where Snow’s new all-image book BIOGRAPHIE of the Walking Woman
/ de la femme qui marche 1961-1967 (2004), published in Brussels by La
Lettre volée, was also launched. Additional launches for BIOGRAPHIE
were held in Toronto and Brussels in March 2004.
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