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Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau
Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media
Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau examines the complex identities assigned to the 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 one of Canada’s most significant artists? Carmen L. Robertson charts both the colonial attitudes and the stereotypes directed at Morrisseau and other Indigenous artists in Canada’s national press. Robertson also examines Morrisseau’s role in shaping his own image.
An internationally known and award-winning artist from a remote area of northwestern Ontario, Morrisseau founded an art movement developed largely from Indigenous and personal creative elements known as Woodland Art. Still, until his retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 2006, many Canadians knew almost nothing about Morrisseau’s work.
Using discourse analysis methods, Robertson looks at news stories, magazine articles, and film footage that ranges 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.
Publication Date: May 1st, 2016
216 pages| 6 in x 9 in
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Carmen L. Robertson is an associate professor of art history at University of Regina and also maintains an active curatorial practice.

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$31.95 USD
ISBN: 9780887558108

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