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Michael Snow: Objects of Vision

July 18, 2012 – March 17, 2013

Winner of the 2011 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

Michael Snow is a Toronto born artist known internationally as a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, musician and author. This exhibition celebrates his achievement as the 2011 winner of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize.

Snow has always been a sculptor. "A pure sculptor," he explains, "an artist who makes objects." He makes things to look through, look around, look along, look at, up, down and behind, to look at yourself looking at things. By making vision the subject of the object, the looking activates the object. Looking that sometimes require touch, sometimes invites sitting and sometimes necessitates caution.

"All these works are Directors of Attention in the sense that their forms suggest the paths a spectator's eyes should take," he writes. In the most literal sense, Snow makes visual art: objects for you to see.

The sculptures in Objects of Vision are are abstract-form sculptures from three distinct yet essentially connected moments in the artist's career: the late 1950s, the late 1960s and 1982. The sculptures are instruments in the artist's orchestration of thinking about looking. While each work has a rich exhibition and publication history in varied contexts, they are presented here for the first time as one cohesive and focused investigation of sight and materiality.

Public Opening & Artist Talk
Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Remarks begin at 7 pm in Walker Court
Free admission

Meet the Artist – Michael Snow
Wednesday, October 3, 7 – 8 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery
Free Admission


Michael Snow on Objects of Vision


The Conservation of Seated Sculpture by Michael Snow

This exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation

Toronto International Film Festival Presents Wavelengths

Named for Michael Snow's 1967 masterpiece Wavelength, Wavelengths is the Toronto International Film Festival’s curated presentation of the best in international avant-garde film and video. This section has expanded to include narrative and documentary features as well as four thematic shorts programmes. This year you can look forward to works by Thomas Demand, Francesca Woodman, William E. Jones, Luther Price, Jean-Paul Kelly, Lonnie van Brummelan & Siebren de Haan, Mati Diop, Gabriel Abrantes, and many more provocative artists and auteurs.

See the full lineup at tiff.net/wavelengths.

Enter for your chance to Win two tickets to a Wavelengths feature film at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival!

Email your name and contact information to agocontest@ago.net. Contest open to Ontario residents 18 yrs of age or older to enter. Contest closes Sept. 3.

Archive: Michael Snow Self-Guide for Groups

Download the Michael Snow Self-Guide and print copies for your students to use during their AGO visit.

AGO Presents Solo Exhibition by Michael Snow, Winner of the 2011 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

Renowned Toronto artist Michael Snow explores the art of looking at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with an exhibition celebrating his June 2011 winning of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize. On view from July 18 to Dec. 9 in the AGO’s Signy Eaton Gallery, the exhibition highlights Snow’s continuing contribution to Canadian art and his ongoing investigation into visual perception.

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