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Posted on 02/24/2005 10:19:19 PM PST by Fizzie
Churchill Art Piece Called Into Question
by CBS4 News reporter Raj Chohan
Feb 24, 2005 8:03 pm US/Mountain BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) Boulder County resident Duke Prentup has been a fan of native American art for as long as he can remember. That love of art took him to the home of Ward Churchill in the early 1980's, where Prentup bought several pieces of Churchill's art, including a serigraph titled "Winter Attack."
"I have enjoyed them ever since immensely, they're obviously up inside my house," Prentup said.
Last month came a stunning revelation, though, as as Prentup flipped through a 1972 book called The Mystic Warriors of the Plains written and illustrated by the late artist Thomas E. Mails. He found a sketch that was strikingly similar to the Churchill piece.
(Excerpt) See the rest of the article, and photo comparisons of the 2 pieces of art here: http://news4colorado.com/topstories/local_story_055200531.html
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Yeah! He's an authentic prevaricator,.
Students were so stunned and many were traumatized when they feared the professor had taken his own life. There were arms and legs all over the sidewalk, said one student. His head was in the bushes, his shoes were in the street, and it was awful! I stood there and cried and cried. I cant believe this. Its Bushs fault! wailed another distraught female student as a local psychologist tried to comfort her. The University has canceled classes for today so that all students who need help can be counseled.
In the meantime, Prof. Churchill was located hiding in his closet, where he stood naked, having shed his clothes to put on the dummy. Its my right, he shouted. My right to demonstrate and call attention to a wrong. They are picking on me. There is a right-wing conspiracy out there. They dont respect me. I dont get no respect!
Along side police found a box from Barbaras Wig shop, which was empty and presumed to have contained the long locks that were once on the dummy, but now in possession of a distressed student who wont turn them over to the police. Its all we have left, the student proclaimed I will never part with the Professors hair it was his trademark, his testament to his Indian Heritage. It is sacred hair. At which time all students chimed in:
Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
Let it fly in the breeze
And get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas
A hive for bees
A nest for birds
There ain't no words
For the beauty, the splendor, the wonder
Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
It lines up perfectly if you rotate it 1 degree and scale it by 109.5% (props to LGF operative DaZoid81 -- he figured this out). Here's a link to a "rathergif" of it: http://homepage.mac.com/cfj/.Pictures/Ward-animated.gif
So, how long until the DU and other moonbats on the left accuse Karl Rove of setting this up? LOL
Whoops...meant "Prof. Ward - couldn't take it anymore." Not Prof. Berry - just thinking about her, recently, too. Sorry folks.
Copyright infringement certainly IS relevant.
The little Cherokee blood I have (1/16 from Tallequah)) is deeply offended by his claim. As for the rest of me - well, just let me say my hair is close to being on fire. This WND article did nothing to soothe either - thanks, sending the link to my Mom.
"CU has a major problem on their hands. The longer they wait, the worse it gets. He is discrediting their university."
CU discredits itself just as Churchill discredits his own self. One issue "freedom of speech," among many evident issues, indicates that neither the collective entity CU nor Weirdo Churchill is cognitively capable of perceiving the moral distinction between rational speech and hate speech. After reading about former CU Mary Berry, I believe Colorado University's policy is to provide a perfect caldron for brewing hatred.
Hey, olympian, THANKS! I'm still trying to find the source photographs for two more of his "original" works. I'll ping you when I dig them up. When, not if. ;o)
"Your post is a perfect example of the fabulous humor and knowledge here at FR. :-)"
- We can but try Neddie, we can but try.
I read it to my husband......he just died laughing!
Because he's alleged to have lied about his Indian heritage, military service, and painting authenticity, by obviously conservative, traditionally ethical citizens, his lecture fees will skyrocket and the number of college engagements will flower. If he's persecuted by the right, the left has to come to his defense.
Very good. Also "kinkogif" and "kinkoward" are potentials. (Ok, I'm reaching here. Work with me...)
This is an incredible thread!
The woman in the right of the picture reminds me of a sepia colored picture in a CA history textbook - 7th or 8th grade, I believe. Will ask around.
Anyone with middle or high schoolers who have history books at hand?
"This is a Ward Churchill original oil painting complete with documentation. Wether or not Ward copied the piece is not relevant."
WAIT a minute! If the painting is original, it's original and NOT copied. A copyist cannot claim "originality". However, if its a painted copy or facsimile of an original, the copyist must credit the original artist - even if its a photographer. I know, because I sometimes use photos for my own "art models" - not having any live models at hand. However, I am not a copiest nor a duplicator. I use a figure or face in a photograph as a guide for proportion and gesture for my entirely original subject.
Churchill is a thief and a fraud! By providing a document of authenticity guaranteeing originality with his plagiarized/copied/duplicated art work, this PHONEY Indian and fraudulent artist has committed a compounded crime. No wonder Churchill hates law enforcement, the courts, the FBI and the CIA - all of them MUST have records on him. I suggest the IRS should check him out too. Churchill get worse by moment to moment exposures. It's JUSTICE!
I can't wait for this 'Cigar Store Creep', 'Professor Sitting Bullsh*t' to come to Pittsburgh to lecture at Carnegie Mellon or Pitt.
He'll be in deep Fake-Indian doodoo!
After the lecture, he will either be in jail after reacting poorly to our questions (taunts), or he'll be on the Fort Pitt Bridge ready to jump off and take his worthless, fraudulent life!
I can't wait.
"The funny thing is if he did not make such a scene after 9/11 his fraud could have gone on for years unnoticed.. kind of makes you wonder who else is out there.."
Ultimate HUBRIS is a "funny thing"...usually fatal.
By their fruits ye shall know them...
I 'bout fell out of my chair on that one LOL! Only we who have served on those gray steel beauties remember the image you just conjured up!
Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa men have copied you... :-P. Bet it was beautiful.
If only Da Vinci and Van Geogh had this stuff available:
I wonder if Ward has any Etch-a-Sketch copies of Remington's stuff ???
Family lore has it that there was a Cherokee some generations back in our family, which supposedly accounted for my father and his brothers having jet black hair. I've never traced it so I don't know (if true) what fraction I am. LOL. Of course, having been born in this country does make me a native American. That's good enough for me, thank goodness and the good Lord.
Update: the only books relating to prints and photographs that we had were price guides. Sorry!
Someone should contact the FReeper that did the image overlay with animation that proved the Rathergate documents were generated with modern typesetting software ie MS Word. Maybe he could provide the same type of analysis here. LOL.
Churchill artwork mirrors artist's
New questions arose Thursday about the professional history of controversial University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill when his artwork was shown to be nearly identical to that of a well-known Western artist.
Churchill once sold prints under his name that bear an uncanny resemblance to a drawing done by the late artist Thomas E. Mails, CBS4 reporter Raj Chohan reported Thursday night.
The print made by Churchill in 1981, called "Winter Attack," appears to be a mirror image of a pen-and-ink sketch in a 1972 book called "The Mystic Warriors of the Plains" by Mails.
Churchill, after first angrily refusing to talk to Chohan on camera, admitted the work was based on Mails' rendering and said he had noted that fact during the initial release of "Winter Attack."
Boulder County resident Duke Prentup, who had paid about $100 for the Churchill work, discovered the similarity while leafing through a book of Mails' work, according to the CBS4 report.
Meanwhile, how Churchill came to win accelerated tenure at CU continued to be questioned. Churchill was never formally offered a job at California State University at Northridge, although CU officials believed he had been when they shortcut the hiring process to give him a tenured position, a Cal State spokeswoman said Thursday.
Michael Pacanowsky, head of the CU communications department at the time, wrote on Jan. 10, 1991, that the process to find Churchill a job had to be accelerated because of the competing offer, but Cal State spokeswoman Carmen Chandler said the controversial professor was never officially offered a job.
Pacanowsky wrote in the January 1991 letter that he was asked to appoint Churchill to the communications department after the Cal State offer.
"I was initially told we had some time to consider the matter. ... Unfortunately, Ward has been offered a full professorship at Cal State-Northridge, and we need to make our decision well before the end of January," wrote Pacanowsky, who was returning from Germany on Thursday and could not be reached for comment.
E-mails and memorandums from 1991 show that the supposed competing offer was the primary justification for swiftly promoting Churchill from a one-semester temporary teaching job he had barely started into a full-time tenured faculty slot. But the records don't say who created the belief that Cal State-Northridge was competing for Churchill's services.
A Feb. 8, 1991, memo from Evelyn Hu-DeHart, director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America, wrote that Churchill's job was a "special opportunity" position, which is often a job to help hire a more diverse faculty.
Administrators did not have to submit a search plan or advertise the position, she wrote, but the department decided to advertise the position and came up with three finalists, including Churchill.
Hu-DeHart, now at Brown University, refused to discuss the matter over the phone but answered some questions by e-mail this week.
She said Churchill would have had to prove he had an offer from Cal State and that he was more "senior" than a University of Arizona candidate despite never being a professor.
"'Senior' can be defined in more than one way, for example, by scholarship and number of publications," Hu-DeHart wrote via e-mail.
Cal State's Chandler said there could have been some informal talks between Churchill and the school, but any record of that may have been destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Records of formal offers were preserved.
George Wayne, a former CU employee who at the time was an administrator at another Cal State campus, said he knows Churchill was a candidate for a job at Northridge because he was contacted by a Cal State colleague about Churchill sometime around 1991. Wayne did not remember who contacted him.
Churchill could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Yes, my grandfather died at 85 with maybe half a dozen white hairs - a majestic looking man.
I with you on the Native American or just plain American....no hyphen here. God bless our ancestors, eh? So fortunate to live in this wonderful country no matter how we got here.
I saved the pics to my desktop file for now.
I give up. The problem is that their costumes don't look like Cheyenne. Going through the entire Curtis collection is taking a long time, then there's the Bell collection...
Are those the actual pictures? Isn't one just a negative of the other?
Gosh, let me guess...
I was only kidding, but I see someone has done this. See post 389 on this thread.
Good job anyway...I think a curator and any Indian Art museum could do this in 1/2 an hour. The problem is, that ain't us.
Those are actual pictures.
Been thinking along those lines myself. Here we are putting $$ in education funds for our children and you can believe I am wondering.............
It's the CBS defense: it's forged, but accurate.
OMG! Wonder what other ones he copied like this! Anyone know?
You are way too kind. Where do you think I first heard of Peter Sellers? :-) I'm an old bat!
Wonder how much he CHARGED for the fraud?
In addition to the new4 story, last night FReepers found two more examples of clear (suspected?) copyright violations...those "forgeries?" are noted in the earlier part of this long thread.