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Early Snow

Michael Snow 1947-1962

by James King
foreword by Shelley Falconer
introduction by Michael Snow

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category: Art
published: 2020

Michael Snow is one of Canada's greatest living artists, widely acknowledged as one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century Canadian art. Early Snow focuses on the nascent stages of the artist's career?which is comparatively underexamined in art commentary and critical literature?and demonstrates how wide-ranging were his achievements in painting, drawing, sculpture, foldage, cinema, and photography.

Snow's first achievements may serve as a blueprint for his later career, but they also give ample proof of the creative heights he had already reached by the age of thirty-three. This book reveals a young man whose catholic interests in art and literature contributed to his uncanny ability to create profoundly original works of art. Perceptive essays by James King argue that these artworks are best approached in the context of Snow's knowledge of modern European art (Paul Klee, Ben Nicholson, Alberto Giacometti) and contemporary American art (Willem de Kooning, Conrad Marca-Relli, Donald Judd, Marcel Duchamp), and that, ultimately, the work created during this era is about transformation.

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James King, FRSC, is the author of six novels and twelve biographies of writers and artists, including Canadian artists Lawren Harris, David Milne, Greg Curnoe, Bertram Brooker, and Michael Snow. He is a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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James King

James King is the author of six novels and ten biographies, including books on David Milne, William Blake, Margaret Laurence, Jack McClelland, Farley Mowat, and Lawren Harris. His biography of Herbert Read, The Last Modern, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, James lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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