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ERIC Number: EJ720884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser: The Development and Impact of Native Modernism
Montiel, Anya
American Indian Quarterly, v29 n3-4 p478-490 Sum-Fall 2005
The idea for a retrospective on George Morrison and Allan Houser as one of the inaugural exhibitions at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) came from the NMAI curator of contemporary art, Truman Lowe. An artist and sculptor himself, Lowe knew both artists personally and saw them as mentors and visionaries. Lowe advised an exhibition on Morrison and Houser due to their effect on contemporary Native art and future generations of artists. In choosing Morrison and Houser, the NMAI also makes a statement about the caliber of the artworks and the artists' importance in history. Lowe selected Morrison and Houser because he proposed that they mark the beginning of contemporary Native art history. These artists created work unlike other Native artists of their time and constantly experimented with new styles and materials. Houser is often referred to as "the father of contemporary Native sculpture" because he worked in stone and bronze (new media for Native artists), and his style is often copied. While many critics tried to search for Native elements in Morrison's works, he chose to use the surrealist technique of automatism where "the artist's hand is trained to draw 'automatically.'" Without question, George Morrison and Allan Houser are worthy of there placement as inaugural artists for the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. Their long careers affected many people, and their art stands strongly beside that of other masters. (Contains 2 black and white photographs and 18 endnotes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; New York