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Window, 1960

Michael Snow
Canadian, 1928
wood, acrylic, polyethylene, glass, paper, cotton, wire, sheet metal, chrome-plated sheet metal
86.4 x 67.3 x 10.2 cm
Purchased 1970
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15922)

Michael Snow’s "Window" is an assemblage of elements placed in the same visual plane that generates a still life of objects one might find in an office setting. Snow’s investigation into perceptual phenomena echoes the artist’s earlier topological paintings of flattened tables and chairs. Here, however, emphasis is on a window frame that places natural boundaries on the gaze and controls the viewer’s visual periphery. This sculpture was included in the Dada exhibition at the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto, which ran from December 1961 to January 1962.




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