Michael Snow


Michael Snow (1929-2023) was one of the most remarkable multi-disciplinary Canadian artists. He is renowned for a diverse body of work that ranges from experimental films and jazz recordings to sculptures and large-scale public art. No matter the medium, Snow’s unparalleled ability to alternate between populist and avant-garde art remains unrivalled.

Snow's contribution to public art over the course of his career is impressive, although arguably under-recognized. With major permanent sculptures throughout Toronto, Snow transforms some of the city's most iconic landmarks (such as the Eaton Centre) with his lighthearted and playful sensibility.

In the 1980s, Snow was commissioned by the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) to create "The Audience" on the exterior of the stadium. The monumental sculpture (in two parts) features a total of fifteen animated spectators, each with their own distinct look and energy, coming together to capture the essence of the spectators at a sporting event. 

The sculpture itself was unveiled in 1989 when the SkyDome was opened. 

This work, a paper pulp cast relief, is an intimate version of the legendary sculpture. The work's three-dimensional element expertly captures the dynamism of the spectators, making it an excellent domestically sized version of the original giant work. 

This piece marks one of the few editions created by Snow in the 1990s. 

Today, Snow's work is held in numerous public collections including The MoMA (NYC), the Art Gallery of Ontario, and The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). In 1981, Snow was awarded the Order of Canada and upgraded to a companion in 2007 in recognition of his international contributions to visual arts.

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"The Audience" 

Canada, 1989

Cast relief 

Hand-numbered from an edition of 500

9"H 11"W (work)

17"H 18"W (framed)

Framed with museum glass

Very good condition.

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