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Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau

Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media

Carmen L. Robertson (author)

ISBN: 9780887558108

Publication Date: May 2016

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Examines the complex identities assigned to Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau. Carmen L. Robertson charts both the colonial attitudes and the stereotypes directed at Morrisseau and otherIndigenous artists in Canada's national press. Robertson also examines Morrisseau's own shaping of his image.
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Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau examines the complex identities assigned to Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau. Was he an uneducated artist plagued by alcoholism and homelessness? Was Morrisseau a shaman artist who tapped a deep spiritual force? Or was he simply one of Canada's most significant artists?

Carmen L. Robertson charts both the colonial attitudes and the stereotypes directed at Morrisseau and otherIndigenous artists in Canada's national press. Robertson also examines Morrisseau's own shaping of his image.

An internationally known and award-winning artist from a remote area of northwestern Ontario, Morrisseau founded an art movement known as Woodland Art developed largely from Indigenous and personal creative elements. Still, until his retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 2006, many Canadians knew almost nothing aboutMorrisseau's work.Using discourse analysis methods, Robertson looks at news stories, magazine articles, and film footage, ranging from Morrisseau's first solo exhibition at Toronto's Pollock Gallery in 1962 until his death in 2007 to examine the cultural assumptions that have framed Morrisseau.
Pages 232
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2016
Publisher University of Manitoba Press
Subject/s Media studies   Indigenous peoples   Art of indigenous peoples  
Carmen L. Robertson is a Lakota/Scottish associate professor of art history at University of Regina. She also maintains an active curatorial practice and is the co-author of Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers.

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