Monday, February 27, 2012

Kinsman Robinson Galleries v. Ugo Matulic

On 23 December, 2010, Kinsman Robinson Galleries filed a lawsuit in The Ontario Superior Court of Justice against blogger Ugo Matulic for libel (i.e. the communication of false information about a person, a group, or an entity such as a corporation that injures a reputation or good name). Court File No. CV-10-417123.

KRG Notice of Action and Statement of Claim

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Norval, the Natural-born Artist

 "My name is Norval," he said, "I have brought you some art." We noticed that his face was lit up by a pair of deep penetrating dark eyes, which seemed to express a strange mixture of both mockery and shyness. [. . .] even though his impassive features retained a look of childlike innocence, we would have to be particularly careful when a coy smile appeared on his face, this being a sure sign that he intended to pry something out of us. [. . .] despite being sparing of words, he was basically a very cunning individual who was well able to look after his own interests.
Excerpt by Joseph Weinstein, MD, author of The White Ojibway Medicine Man and Other Stories.  KRG is honoured to have had access to select works by Norval Morrisseau from the esteemed collection of Esther and Joseph Weinstein, Israel.  The Weinsteins were among the earliest and most influential patrons of Norval Morrisseau while they lived in the remote Red Lake area from 1955 to 1963 having collected over fifty works by the yet-to-be-recognized artist.  "In those days Norval was an Indian living in the woods," said Dr. Weinstein, "He had never before seen any other art or art books."  Dr. Weinstein personally inscribed KRG's copy of his 2009 book.  He wrote, "To Don and Paul of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries in tribute to your promotion of the art of Norval Morriseau."
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

50-year Morrisseau Retrospective

Norval Morrisseau's major dealer and principal gallery will showcase a 50-year retrospective of Morrisseau's artwork from Sep 15 until Oct 20, 2012. "Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective" will feature photographs of the revered artist as well as 50 works of art in order to celebrate the fifty-year anniversary since Morrisseau burst onto the Canadian art scene.

Norval Morrisseau came to prominence following his first sold-out exhibition at Toronto's Pollock Gallery in 1962. Time Magazine (Sep 28, 1962) reported, “Few exhibits in Canadian history have touched off a greater immediate stir than Morrisseau's.” It's a statement that was true half a century ago and still holds true today. Time wrote, "The Toronto critics approved unanimously and speculated that self-taught Morrisseau may have launched a vogue as chic as that of the Cape Dorset Eskimo's prints."

Founded in 1980, Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) specializes in Norval Morrisseau art of exceptional calibre and significance. The gallery co-authored two hardcover books along with Norval Morrisseau. KRG has held three catalogued exhibitions since Norval Morrisseau passed away. 2012 Retrospective is set to be one of the biggest Morrisseau exhibitions of recent years featuring both paintings and drawings by the iconic Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau.
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