The Collected Writings of Michael Snow (Google eBook)

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Apr 29, 1994 - Art - 295 pages
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Writing, for Michael Snow, is as much a form of “art-making” as the broad range of visual art activities for which he is renowned, including the “Walking Woman” series and the film Wavelength. Conversely, many of the texts included in this anthology are as significant visually as they are at the level of content — they are meant to be looked at as well as read. Situated somewhere between a repository of contemporary thought by one of our leading Canadian artists and a history book as it brings to light some important moments in the cultural life of Canada since the 1950s, these texts tell their own story, marking the passage of time, ideas and attitudes.

The works included here, ranging from essays and interviews and record album cover notes to filmscripts and speeches (which, in Snow’s hands, often fall into the category of performance art), are not only “built for browsing,” they offer insights into both the professional and the private Snow. Together, they expand the context of Snow’s work and show the evolution of a great Canadian artist, beginning with his early attempts at defining art, to his emergence and recognition on the international art scene.

This book is one of four books that are part of the Michael Snow Project. Initiated by the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant Gallery, the project also includes four exhibitions of his visual art and music.

  

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Contents

The Artists Jazz Band Live at the Edge 1976
182
A Letter to Alvin Balkind 1976
186
Crushed Cookies Make Crumbs Liberates Swing Cuts Its Pulse 1978
188
Larry Dubins Music 1978
191
Conversation with Michael Snow 1978
195
CerisylaSalle 1979
203
Edinburgh 1979
205
Statement for 10 Canadian Artists in the 1970s 1980
208

First to Last 1967
28
Crafts 1967
31
On Wavelength 1968
39
Abitibi 1969
47
Tap 1969
49
Ten Questions to Michael Snow 1969
51
La Région Centrale 1969
53
Michael Snow in Conversation with Charlotte Townsend 1971
57
A Filmography by Max Knowles 1971
61
Passage Dairy 1971
66
The Life Times of Michael Snow 1971
68
De La 1972
81
An Interview with Michael Snow 1972
82
Michael Snow in Discussion with John Du Cane 1973
87
Boucherville Montréal Toronto London 1973
92
Notes for Rameau s Nephew by Diderot Thanx to Dennis Young by Wilma Schoen 1974
97
Some Scripts for Rameau s Nephew by Diderot Thanx to Dennis Young by Wilma Schoen 1974
104
Tom Gibsons Photographs 1974
172
Michael Snow Musics for Piano Whistling Microphone and Tape Recorder 1975
173
So Is This 1982
209
Michael Snow and Bruce Elder in Conversation 1982
221
On Murray Favro 1982
232
Handwritten To Write 1982
235
On Hollis Frampton 1984
241
Music and Me 1986
249
An Entrance to Redifice 1987
251
The Audience 1987
253
Laocoön of the People 1987
254
The Last LP 1987
257
Trying to Figure It Out 1987
279
Statement for an Exhibition Tokyo 1988
281
A Personal History 1989
284
Admission or Marcel Duchamp 1989
286
Sign Paintings by Robert Hedrick 1990
290
Statement for the 8th Biennial of Sydney Australia 1990
292
Statement for an Exhibition Paris 1992
293
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About the author (1994)

Michael Snow was born in Toronto in 1929. His works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Musée d’art moderne, Paris. His films have been shown at the Toronto, Berlin, Pesaro and Cannes festivals. As a musician he has played many concerts and festivals (e.g., Musica Nova, Hamburg, New Music America, the Olympic Arts Festival, Du Maurier Jazz Festival, etc.) and has produced recordings as well as the sound tracks for his films and gallery sound installations. He has received several awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Order of Canada.

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