Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Chronology of Morrisseau Exhibitions

Over the past five years:
  • Norval Morrisseau: Early Paper & Birch Bark Nov 19 - Dec 17, 2011 at Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
  • Legends: Norval Morrisseau and Woodland Artists Aug 27, 2011 - Apr 8, 2012 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
  • Norval Morrisseau 2010 Restrospective Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2010 at Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
  • Norval Morrisseau: A Retrospective Nov 6 - 29, 2008 at Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
  • A Tribute to Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists Jul 4 - 6, 2008 at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre, Red Lake
  • Norval Morrisseau Copper Thunderbird, A Celebration Of The Life And Art Of Mar 31, 2008 at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Norval Morrisseau: Shaman Artist Oct 20, 2007 - Jan 20, 2008 at The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center, NYC
  • Norval Morrisseau: Shaman Artist Jun 15 - Sep 3, 2007 at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM sponsored by Kinsman Robinson Galleries
  • Norval Morrisseau - Sixteen Acrylics On Masonite Dec 1 - 23, 2006 at Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
  • Norval Morrisseau: Shaman Artist Sep 29, 2006 - Jan 14, 2007 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON sponsored by Kinsman Robinson Galleries
  • Morrisseau's Morrisseaus: The Artist's Collection Sep 28 - Oct 31, 2006 at Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
  • Norval Morrisseau - Shaman Artist Feb 3 - Apr 30, 2006 at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Major Norval Morrisseau Exhibition To Open

KRG will announce a major new exhibition of Norval Morrisseau in the coming week. Opening on November 19, the exhibition will showcase rare, early works on paper and birch bark. The core of this collection is coming to KRG from two private collectors and patrons of Norval Morrisseau during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Stay tuned for more exciting details.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Caregivers 'n More for Morrisseau

Gabe and Michele Vadas essentially provided Norval with the seeds of family rejuvenation. Contrary to the rumours and wild conspiracy theories, Norval Morrisseau wasn't "kept under guard, with no visitors allowed" nor was he "deliberately isolated" from his adult children. I'm told there was one instance when Morrisseau’s youngest son, Christian, showed up at the nursing home unannounced and he was turned away until staff okayed it with Gabe. Gabe explained that his instruction wasn't an attempt to keep Norval away from family. He made the request because a former friend previously had shown up unannounced and Norval became very afraid at the time. In my opinion, the Vadases took great pains to care for and protect Norval in a tender and loving way in every instance I've witnessed. Photo: Michele Vadas tends to Norval at the nursing home in Nanaimo (Sep 2004). Photograph © Roberts Studios Inc, 2004. Read more »
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Morrisseau's Painting Bear Cubs Checking It Out

Bear Cubs Checking It Out, 1991 [SOLD]
Acrylic on canvas, 25x56in, 63.5x142.24cm
This playful Morrisseau instantly brings a smile to the viewer. Quite simply, it's a depiction of the iconic twin bears—a lively-feeling snapshot from nature. At a deeper level, the twinning of the bear cubs is symbolic of the duality the artist saw in life. The bear cubs are the natural cousins, or siblings if you will, to mankind. By using harmonious colours and careful composition, Morrisseau kept the painting's spirit alive for the viewer, never losing sight of the underlying strength of his subject matter.
Provenance:
Collection of Neil Doherty by bequest
Collection of Lynne Sullivan, Toronto
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
Acquired from the artist
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