Saturday, February 26, 2011

Morrisseau Art and Authenticity

When it comes to Morrisseau's art, authenticity has been much debated. It's a topic that is becoming more relevant than ever, particularly if you are investing in art as a collector or wish to sell a painting, drawing or print. You may have some unanswered questions about the artwork's history or prior ownership particularly if it has not been authenticated or there is any doubt surrounding its true origin.

Art experts with a thorough knowledge of an artist can generate sufficient consensus within the art community to establish a work of art's authenticity. KRG has built a formidable reputation in the art world over 30 years. Don Robinson is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in Morrisseau art. Beginning in 1989, Don developed a close personal relationship with Norval Morrisseau over an eighteen-year period. Mr. Robinson was qualified as an expert witness in Federal Court with respect to Morrisseau art in 1995. He co-authored two books on Morrisseau's art together with the artist and publisher Key Porter in 1997 and 2005. Mr. Robinson is routinely called upon by auction houses like Sotheby's and Bonhams to help authenticate Morrisseau art due to his high level of professional expertise. KRG sponsored two of the four venues during the landmark exhibition, Norval Morrisseau - Shaman Artist, one at The McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, ON) in 2006 and the other at The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (Santa Fe, NM) in 2007. Acting as artist's exclusive representatives, KRG held countless solo shows over the years having sold hundreds of original Morrisseaus directly from the artist (significantly more than the competition).

Pictured: Norval Morrisseau with Don Robinson on a visit to the McMichael in 1997 photographed in front of Morrisseau's painting, Shaman and Disciples (1979). Reproduced in b&w on the dust jacket, Norval Morrisseau: Return To The House of Invention (Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2005)
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  1. The Canadian Art Investors Guide ran a feature article on Norval Morrisseau's art (Summer 1978) titled "Norval Morrisseau - Indian art renaissance painter".

  2. If you have any doubt about authenticity, contact a trusted dealer to give you his or her opinion.


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