Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada honours winners of The Govenor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Ottawa - March 23, 2000


 « Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada est fier de reconnaître les récipiendaires du prix du Gouverneur général des arts du Canada en arts visuels et en art médiatiques » 
Ottawa, Canada - March 23, 2000 - The recipients of The Canada Council for the Arts Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts for the year 2000 were announced by the Canada Council today. The National Gallery of Canada takes great pride in acknowledging that among the winners of this prestigious award are a number of important artists whose work is represented in the Gallery's permanent collection: Montreal artists Jocelyne Alloucherie and Ghitta Caiserman-Roth, and Toronto artists John Scott and Michael Snow.

To be eligible for the award, artists must have created an outstanding and distinguished body of work as well as having contributed to the development of visual or media arts in Canada over a significant period of time. "The National Gallery of Canada is thrilled to join with The Canada Council for the Arts and Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, in recognizing the significant, career-long achievements of these senior Canadian artists," stated Pierre Théberge, Director, National Gallery of Canada. "These awards rank as one of the most prestigious distinctions for excellence awarded for artistic expression in Canada, and we are extremely proud of these artists. We are especially pleased to make examples of some of their ground-breaking work available for the public to view beginning today."

The majority of works are installed in or near the Contemporary and Canadian Galleries, and can be easily identified by descriptive labels acknowledging the awards. Specchio, specular (not yet and already), 1988-89, a mixed-media sculptural work by Jocelyne Alloucherie, deals with themes of mirroring and reversal, and the experience of space and time.

Loading and Still-Life, two oil on masonite paintings created by Ghitta Caiserman-Roth in 1945 and 1950 respectively, make unique contributions to images of labour and still-life in Canada. Trans-Am Apocalypse No. 2, made in 1993 by John Scott, features the quintessential muscle car with words from the New Testament Book of Revelations scratched into all of its painted surfaces, embracing the imagery and language of the streets to express a vision of the world that is both troubling and fascinating.

The Gallery is also pleased to present a special screening of Michael Snow's film Rameau's Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen, 1974 (16 mm, colour, 4 hours, 20 minutes) on Sunday 26 March at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada. This is a rare opportunity to view this experimental film (which had its world-premiere at the National Gallery of Canada 26 years ago) by one of Canada's foremost filmmakers. The film details, in twelve sections, an exploration of the relationships between verbal and visual language. It was filmed over a two-year period, using a large cast of professional and amateur actors, and was shot on location in Canada and the United States. The film will be presented free of charge.

"As Canadian artists continue to gain recognition for Canada internationally, as a source for innovative and thought-provoking art, it is gratifying to witness the validation of their talents with the presentation of this significant honour", said Diana Nemiroff, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada.

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