two vertical white biomorphic forms with light blue shading; field of blue at bottom of image, green at top

%C2%A9 Estate of George Morrison %2F Briand Morrison

Landscape: Surrealist Forms, 1993

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Minnesota native George Morrison was a member of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people of the Grand Portage Reservation. Early in his career, he was active in the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, a mid-20th-century movement of avant-garde artists who saw abstraction as the essential vehicle for conveying intense emotion and exploring spirituality and the unconscious through color, form, space, and gesture. Morrison later turned to nature and the earth for inspiration and subject matter, producing paintings, wood collages, drawings, rubbings, and prints that embodied the spiritual concerns of his Native American culture. Many of his later works feature highly abstracted landscapes with high horizon lines and a flattened perspectives, a signature motif that embodied Morrison’s spiritual and symbolic methodology. Though his sculptures and collages could be monumental in scale, Morrison often chose to produce modestly-sized works that could be completed quickly. Indeed, a number of these smaller works were part of his extended series of “surrealist landscapes,” dreamlike depictions of land and sky that resulted from automatic drawing techniques he adopted as a way to tap into the mind’s subconscious.

Details
Title
Landscape: Surrealist Forms
Artist Life
(Grand Portage Anishinaabe), 1919 - 2000
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2016.131.7
Provenance
(Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis); Krista and William Thorburn, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2017.
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two vertical white biomorphic forms with light blue shading; field of blue at bottom of image, green at top

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