1929 – 2023
Internationally renowned, Toronto based Snow is one of Canada’s most eminent artists. His work has been exhibited and collected at major public galleries and private collections across Europe, North America and South America, including the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Centre Pompidou (Paris) , the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris), and both the Musée des beaux-arts and Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal
A major and comprehensive retrospective of Snow’s work was mounted in 1993 by several public venues, in collaboration, including the Art Gallery Of Ontario, Toronto and the Power Plant Gallery, Toronto. The exhibitions were accompanied by four books on Snow’s work, published Alfred A. Knopf Canada.
His recent bookwork BIOGRAPHIE of the Walking Woman / de la femme qui marche 1961-1967 (2004) was published in Brussels by La Lettre vole. It documents the expansive, across media body of work. Snow’s Walking Women sculptures were a highlight at Expo 67 in Montréal.
Wavelength, Snow’s seminal film, has been designated and preserved as a “masterwork” by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada.
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 the Centre Pompidou and was produced with the support of la foundation Daniel Langlois, Université de Paris, Heritage Canada, the Canada Council, Téléfilm Canada and Montreal’s Époxy. It is an encyclopedia of Snow’s works across media, browsed in a manner inimitably and artfully created by Snow. Its 4,685 entries include film clips, sculpture, photographs, audio and music.
Following is an excerpt from the introduction to Digital Snow by art historian and curator, Elizabeth Legge,
“Any given work by Michael Snow work implies an acutely framed question of some kind: about its own properties, about the way different technologies affect what we perceive, about the conventions and expectations that influence our responses, about the nature of seeing in relation to the other senses and bodily movement, and about the nature of our existence and operations in the world altogether. —”
He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972) the Order of Canada (Officer, 1982; Companion, 2007), and the first Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2000) for cinema. Snow was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, France (1995) and in 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.