Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Morrisseau Art Sponsorship

Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) proudly sponsored the landmark exhibition "Norval Morrisseau: Shaman Artist" at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM from 15 June-3 September 2007. An exhibition curated by IAIA Chief Curator Joseph Sanchez. While Morrisseau was unable to attend the opening festivities due to health concerns, it’s rumoured that Norval toured the exhibition in its entirety during an out-of-body experience. The above photo shows the exhibition banner which hung on the museum's courtyard-facing wall. Partnering with the IAIA Museum provided KRG with broad and distinguished recognition as Norval Morrisseau's major dealer and principal gallery. Celebrity attendees included Diana Krall and Elvis Costello. Click on image to enlarge.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Morrisseau Family Ties

Never-before-seen photo shows Norval Morrisseau with the Vadas family: from left Michele, Gabe, Kyle and Norval in Nanaimo, BC (Sept 2004). The Vadas' proved themselves to be outstanding caregivers over the years never losing Norval Morrisseau's trust. While Gabe came from humble beginnings by his own account, he and his wife Michele were solely responsible for Norval Morrisseau's health and well-being over the last two decades of the artist's life. A close bond developed from their family relationship. Norval Morrisseau loved the two boys, Robin and Kyle, treating them at all times as his own grandchildren. Frequently, they appeared as subjects in the artist's later works. Images of the Vadas family began to appear in Morrisseau's paintings immediately following Robin's birth in 1990. Photograph © Roberts Studios Inc, 2004. Click on image to enlarge.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Warning to Morrisseau Art-Buying Public

The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) issued the following public statement back in December 2006: "The NMHS is aware that there are many works available for sale to the public that are falsely attributed to Norval Morrisseau. When buying a work of art, ask the art dealer or art gallery about the origin and source of the work. Did it come from the artist directly, or from some other source? Inquiries about the work's provenance or history are advisable, as it is to become familiar with the artist's work and pricing in other galleries, auctions and exhibitions." Write to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, P.O. Box 4430, Station E, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B4  E-mail: norvalmorrisseauheritage@gmail.com
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