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From the Author
My research on Michael Snow has been supported by an award from the Canada Council for the Arts, a research fellowship from the National Gallery of Canada, and a Concordia University Research Chair. The Art Gallery of Ontario, where Michael Snow has deposited his papers, is an invaluable resource. The archivists and librarians of the NGC and the AGO are national treasures. My work on Snow is continuing through my tenure as Research Chair and Director of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, for which I thank the donors for their great generosity. Other supporters of my research have been the editors and curators who have commissioned chapters and catalogue essays, as well as the conference session chairs who have facilitated discussion of Snow’s work. The bibliography for this text should also be read as an acknowledgment of the brilliant scholars who have worked on Snow. As for anecdotal evidence, I cannot begin to list, so as to thank, the many people who have shared their Snow stories and who have let me tell mine.
The Art Canada Institute is a monument-in-the-making. I am very proud to have been invited by Founding Commissioning Editor Mark Cheetham to write the first “life and work” of a contemporary artist. This has been an honour and a great learning experience. Publisher Sara Angel has assembled an amazing team—please see the ACI masthead for a roll call of the knowledgeable, the rigorous, and the supportive. Proving that peer review is not always a thankless task, I also want to acknowledge the anonymous reader of this text for some very helpful suggestions. As always, my biggest thanks are due to the artist, Michael Snow, who was also my collaborator on this project as we chose the key works together. Michael Snow and Peggy Gale have been generously opening their minds and their home to me for the many years that I have worked on this brilliant artist—my object and my quest. —Martha Langford
From the Art Canada Institute
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The Art Canada Institute gratefully acknowledges the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training (CACHET) for their contribution toward the translation of this online art book.
Finally, the ACI thanks Michael Snow for his considerable support and assistance. Without his contribution to this project, it would not have been possible.
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Langford, Martha, author
Michael Snow : life & work / Martha Langford.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Biography — Key works — Significance & critical issues –
Style & technique — Where to see — Notes – Glossary — Sources
& resources — About the author — Credits.
ISBN 978-1-4871-0004-9 (pdf).—ISBN 978-1-4871-0006-3 (epub)
1. Snow, Michael, 1928-. 2. Snow, Michael, 1928- —Criticism and
interpretation. 3. Artists—Canada—Biography. 4. Art, Canadian—20th
century. I. Art Canada Institute, issuing body II. Title.
N6549.S64L35 2014 709.2 C2014-901236-5