Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art & The Colonial...
Mythologizing Norval Morrisseauexamines 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.
Who was Norval Morrisseau? An uneducated artist plagued by alcoholism and homelessness? A shaman artist who tapped into a deep spiritual force? From his first solo exhibition in 1962 until his death in 2007, the Anishinaabe artist from a remote area of northwestern Ontario was a frequent subject of Canada's national press. InMythologizing Norval Morrisseau,Carmen Robertson examines news stories, magazine articles, and film footage to understand the cultural assumptions that framed Morrisseau.
Table of Contents
Introduction Ch. 1 Mythmaking and Primitivism Ch. 2 Morrisseau’s 1962 Arrival Ch. 3 1970s: The Shaman Arrives Ch. 4 1980s: An Unruly International Art Star Ch. 5 2006: Re-Mythologizing Mishomis Conclusion