GEORGE MORRISON: The Story of an American Indian by Dragos Kostich

GEORGE MORRISON: The Story of an American Indian

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This brief introduction to a mainstream American artist who is also a Chippewa Indian is less biography than an appreciative, impersonal life history (of the sort that might come before the art criticism in a show catalog), preceded by some local historical material on the Chippewa people (a European corruption of Ojibwa) and the Morrison family's life in northern Minnesota. The black and white reproductions of Morrison's work are frustrating when so much of the quoted commentary refers to his strong colors, but they do make you want to see more of this artist who has won a Fulbright and a John Hay Whitney fellowship, a permanent appointment at the Rhode Island School of Design, and high praise in Art News, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Similarly, though Kostich doesn't take you much beyond a polite handshake, he does make George Morrison the man, who enjoys music, French and Chinese cooking, and restoring old houses, seem like someone you'd like to know.

Pub Date: June 22nd, 1976
Page count: 68pp
Publisher: Dillon