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Nam June Paik
A recurring motif in Snow’s work is the window used as a frame to evoke observation, memory, consciousness, and illusion. This work belongs to the artist’s Walking Woman Work series (1961–67), in which the two-dimensional figure of a woman appears in drawings and films. Here she appears as a drawing and as a randomly placed advertisement, adjacent to an article about the Civil Rights Movement. Snow, who is well known as a Structuralist filmmaker, has had a parallel career as an improvisational jazz pianist. He was one of the four performers of Steve Reich’s experimental composition Pendulum Music on May 27, 1969, at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The three other performers were artists Richard Serra, James Tenney, and Bruce Nauman.
Michael Snow (Canadian, born 1929). Drawing on newsprint (Village Voice) with printed Walking Woman silhouette. February 4, 1965. 1965. Charcoal and gouache on newspaper. 16 3/4 x 11 1/2" (42.6 x 29.2 cm). Gift of Barbara G. Pine in honor of her mother, Rose A. Goldman. © 2008 Michael Snow
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