Date: April 22, 2022

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Grand Portage National Monument

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The U.S. Postal Service honors George Morrison (1919-2000) with a set of five stamps showcasing his work and will be hosting a first-day-of-issue event on April 22 in Grand Portage. With these stamps, the Postal Service™ recognizes George Morrison (1919–2000), one of the nation‘s greatest modernist artists. The pane of 20 stamps showcases five of Morrison‘s abstract landscapes:.

One of the nation’s greatest modernist artists and a founding figure of Native American modernism, George Morrison challenged prevailing ideas of what Native American art should be, arguing that an artist’s identity can exist independently from the nature of the art he creates. He is best known for his abstract landscape paintings and monumental wood collages, which draw on childhood memory and reflect a deep and abiding connection with the natural world.

Many of his works feature a prominent horizon line inspired consciously and subconsciously by his childhood on the shore of Lake Superior. Representing the space where sky and water meet, the horizon line also marks the boundary between known and unknown, a mystery that Morrison repeatedly explored, even as he continued to refine his modernist vision.

shown here, Lake Superior Landscape, 1981

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