Friday, January 28, 2011

Picasso and Morrisseau in France

Here's a historic photo taken in the French Provençal town of Saint-Paul de Vence in 1969. Picasso and Morrisseau exhibition posters appear together in this storefront window. Herbert T. Schwarz (M.D., collector, author and art promoter) was instrumental in organizing Morrisseau's first solo exhibition in France at Galerie Saint-Paul from 3 - 24 Sept 1969 titled "Norval Morrisseau: Légendes Indiennes du Grand Nord Canadien" (under the patronage of Eugène Bussière, Consul General in Marseille.) Schwarz also knew Picasso quite well. Since Picasso was exhibiting in the South of France, Schwarz visited Picasso while promoting Morrisseau and tending to exhibition details there. Photo courtesy The Ottawa Citizen.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Morrisseau: À la fois chaman et conteur

Norval Morrisseau est sans conteste le plus grand artiste amérindien de tous les temps. Chaman et conteur, il a contribué à l’émergence d’un des mouvements artistiques nord-américains le plus coloré, celui de l’école des beaux-arts de Woodland. Ardent défenseur de l’environnement avant l’heure, il disait: “Mon peuple croit que la terre est sa mère et que nous sommes les enfants de la terre. En esprit, nous ne faisons qu’un avec notre environnement.” Ses créatures sont souvent reliées symboliquement par une ligne continue renforçant l’idée que tout est interrelation, thème récurrent dans son œuvre entier. Des êtres puissants hantent sa figuration, voyageant dans un monde parallèle. Des portraits de famille intimistes dépeignent les traditions orales ancestrales, transmises de génération en génération.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Morrisseau Defends Against Fraud

On Wednesday, Oct 24, 2007, the Toronto Sun newspaper published an article which chronicles Norval Morrisseau's final efforts to defend himself—his reputation and his market—against widespread fraudulent activities. The iconic Canadian painter had already established a home base in the GTA and Morrisseau was preparing to face the forgery issue head-on in the Ontario Courts when his life ended suddenly after he suffered complications from Parkinson's.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Notable Works By Norval Morrisseau

When it comes to making a good investment in Canadian art—more specifically in Norval Morrisseau's artwork—three things to look for will stand you in good stead. Be sure to find artwork of 1) exceptional quality, 2) rarity and 3) impeccable provenance. KRG's notable current holdings include:
  1. Adam & Eve, c. 1966-70 (illustrated) Acrylic on kraft paper 56x37inches, 142.24x93.98cm, Provenance: Private collection, Ontario; Collection of Paul & Mary Okanski, Red Lake.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dr. Ruth Phillips Speaks About Morrisseau

NMHS Society member, Dr. Ruth Phillips (Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture and Professor of Art History, Carleton University), speaks about A Primitive Effect on the Pictures:
 Norval Morrisseau and the Global Emergence of Indigenous Modernism at an upcoming lecture series entitled Culture and Identity on the Global Market on 24 February 2011, 6:00 pm, Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida.