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Michael Snow is, without doubt, one of the foremost living artist, and a central figure in North American art in the latter half of the Twentieth Century.
Since the reception of the Independent Film Award (1968) from the journal Film Culture, his work was placed in the ranks of major figures of avant-garde cinema, such as Stan Brakhage and Gregory Markopoulos, as well as in the company of two other artists-turned-filmmakers: the photographer Robert Frank and the painter Andy Warhol.
The image of Michael Snow that emerges from this complete mongraph is of a contemporary Renaissance man. The artist himself captured this diversity in a profile written in the late 1960s "I am not a professional. My paintings are done by a filmmaker, sculpture by a musician, films by a painter, music by a filmmaker, paintings by a sculptor, sculpture by a filmmaker, films by a musician, music by a sculptor sometimes they all work together [...]."
Mixing reflexive humor with a nuanced grasp of the many faces of contemporary art, Snow's text acknowledges the difficulties an artist faces in approaching different disciplines when there is 'a tendency towards purity in all these media as separate endeavours'.
Within a structure of seventeen chapters, the artist makes a complete overview on his own work, writing the texts, doing the sequences…an editorial task he knows very well, as we can understand by seeing his remarkable artist books. Certainly, this is an unsurpassed book about one of our most outstanding artists.
Author: Gloria Moure
Hardcover: 376 pages, 26 x 22 x 3.2 cm
Publisher: Poligrafa Ediciones (Jan. 1 2015)