Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962
The official catalogue of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962 exhibition
A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition with essays by James King and a preface by Michael Snow. A look at the important formative years in Toronto of one of the country’s greatest artists
Michael Snow is one of Canada’s greatest living artists, and one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century Canadian art.
In Early Snow, James King (Michael Snow: Lives and Works, 2019) delves into Snow’s formative years and provides close readings of dozens of the artist’s works, placing them in the context of influences that include modern European art (Paul Klee, Ben Nicholson, Alberto Giacometti) and contemporary American art (Willem de Kooning, Conrad Marca-Relli, Donald Judd, Marcel Duchamp). The artworks featured here can be seen as a blueprint for Snow’s later career, but ultimately, King argues, the work created during this era is about transformation.
About the author:
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.