Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art

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In this self-portrait, George Morrison, who calls himself "an artist who happens to be an Indian," tells a personal story of a life of changing horizons and artistic achievement. Growing up in a large family ("we didn't know we were poor"), he bartered pictures with town kids and carved trinkets to sell to tourists. Encouraged by good high school teachers at Grand Marais, he attended art school in Minneapolis, then moved to New York City. At the Art Students League, George went about becoming an artist in ...
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In this self-portrait, George Morrison, who calls himself "an artist who happens to be an Indian," tells a personal story of a life of changing horizons and artistic achievement. Growing up in a large family ("we didn't know we were poor"), he bartered pictures with town kids and carved trinkets to sell to tourists. Encouraged by good high school teachers at Grand Marais, he attended art school in Minneapolis, then moved to New York City. At the Art Students League, George went about becoming an artist in earnest, absorbing the excitement of the new American style, Abstract Expressionism; showing his work in Greenwich Village lofts; and spending summers working and painting in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Marriage and a teaching job at the Rhode Island School of Design seemed to fix his career firmly in the East. But in 1970, his direction turned toward home, and George began to search out his Ojibway heritage. His luminous, small, horizon paintings reflect his return to the "big water." Turning the Feather Around, the title taken from a name given to George in a healing ceremony, is a work of intimate personal disclosure that captures the pulse of the speaking voice and the vision of the artist's eye.
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A remarkable achievement, Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art is certain to captivate art historians, readers of biographies or more casual readers who are simply looking for a good summer read. -- ForeWord
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Morrison, who calls himself "an artist who happens to be an Indian," paints a self-portrait of a life of changing horizons and artistic achievement. Born to a large family in a rural area, Morrison attended art school in Minneapolis and went to the Art Students League in New York City, where he was swept up in Abstract Expressionism. He later taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1970 he returned to Minnesota and began to seek out his Ojibway heritage. Includes color and b&w photos of his art and scenes from his life. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873513593
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Midwest Reflections Series
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Prologue 17
Sky Layer: Attentive Waters. 1919-1929 21
Meeting Before the Hard Distance: Pathways. 1929-1943 41
Extended Path: Violet Water. 1943-1952 59
Passage: Fire Ridge. 1952-1954 87
Dreams of Destination: Earth Songs. 1954-1959 97
Crimson Ridge: Path to the Sky. 1960-1970 109
Converging of the Green: Fire Ridge. 1970-1983 135
Ceremony into the Light: Oracle. 1984-1996 165
Notes 193
Selected Bibliography 197
Index of Artworks Illustrated 203
Photo Credits 205
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