Monday, January 23, 2012

NMHS Public Statement

"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."

Part of a public statement issued by The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) in 2006. So let's debunk some of the myths: The NMHS have not disbanded. The official database recognizing Norval Morrisseau's life's work continues to expand. Sotheby's and Joyner Waddington's auction houses each withdrew alleged Morrisseaus prior to their respective 2011 fall sales. An authoritative text on Norval Morrisseau is underway.  Read more »

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  1. NMHS board members meet soon to discuss the task at hand. Now's your chance to weigh in - they're listening.

  2. I think many collectors would like to get some sort of confirmation or communication from the NMHS regarding the status of the work/s which they have already submitted?
    As there have been several membership changes over time, I would hate to have a submission/email go overlooked.

    Also a notice for submission deadlines for inclusion in the first volume/catalogue would be nice.

    Can't wait for the upcoming show.

  3. NMHS: What is being done about all the problem paintings?

    When will catalogue come out?

    Who owns copyrights? Vadas, Kids, lawyer? Or all of them?

  4. Good questions. I can't think of a better group of experts to handle this. High grade people. I would also like to know when we will hear from them or maybe even what they are up to.


  5. I'd also like to know what the NMHS think of this settlement?


  6. I have a good question: What do the NMHS think of this settlement?

  7. What does KRG think of the settlement? How will it assist with the questionable paintings?

  8. Settlement decisions are never made lightly. Gabe Vadas was fortunate to have good legal counsel. His decision will be measured by the fact that he's always considered the needs of Morrisseau's adult children. KRG is not privy to the financial terms.

  9. Nobody other than the two parties needs the details.
    The big question is what are the two parties doing to clear up the issues surrounding the questionable works?

    These questions have kept some buyers from even considering the purchase of his works, which has affected the true market value.

    A 25k painting today, should be more like 100k?
    The fakes need to be destroyed, the forgers arrested. This will bring Morrisseau on par with his peers.

  10. I think you'll find that a tiered market for Norval Morrisseau artworks already exists. Top quality Morrisseaus routinely fetch mid 5 figures into 6 figures. Whereas, those ranked at the bottom - including many of dubious origin - bring only a few thousand dollars or fail to sell altogether.


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