Thursday, February 23, 2006

Northwest Canadian Indian Art Finally at National Gallery of Canada

An ailing Northwest Indian artist will make history by ending some sort of apartheid at The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Northwest Indian Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau will travel from a nursing home on Vancouver Island to attend an exhibition of his own artwork including paintings and drawings. Also known as "Copper Thunderbird" and "Picasso of the North," Morrisseau's 59 works cover pieces created from 1958-2002. The National Gallery is considered Canada’s leading art institution. However, most aboriginal art was considered folk art and not worthy of being shown along with Rembrandts and Picassos. Although the National Gallery did acquire some aboriginal art during its early years, the collection was turned over to the Canadian Museum of Civilization across the river in Gatineau. Morrisseau’s exhibit will therefore be a long return of Canadian aboriginal art back to the National Gallery of Canada.

For other fine examples of aboriginal art, see Northwest Canadian Indian Art.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Norval Morrisseau is from Eastern Canada, not the west coast. He resided on the west coast. He is eastern woodlands, he is Ojibwa, he is "Anishnaabe." from northern Ontario! He is proudly Canadian! His primary gallery is Kinsman Robinson Galleries in Toronto and on the web!

A fan of the greatest artist anywhere!