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Art and Art History
Samantha A. Noel
Sarah M. Franklin
Whitney Snow’s art challenged the viewer to engage in a discussion of the impact of social and political discourse on society in America today. His images, while unsettling and politically poignant, mixed the recognizably real and the realistically portrayed imaginary, evocatively challenging the viewer to question their perceptions of the familiar. His smooth surfaced technical execution created harrowing narratives that lead the viewer to see the implausible and magical as very plausible to and to classify his extraordinary representational work as Magical Realism. In the first academic consideration of Snow’s work, Campbell explores the origins of Magical Realism and how Snow’s work should be considered from an art historical perspective. His thesis makes the case that Whitney Snow (1947-2006) should be considered and recognized as a successor to the American Magical Realist painters of the 1940s and 1950s.
Campbell, Duncan, "The Magical Realism Of Whitney Snow" (2019). Wayne State University Theses. 739.