Sunday, August 5, 2012

50-year retrospective honours Morrisseau

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. (Originally posted on Tues. Feb 7, 2012).

Illustrated: Nature's Balance, 1975, Acrylic on kraft paper, 73x48 in, 185.4x121.9 cm, Provenance: Collection of Faith Sinclair, Toronto; Acquired directly from the artist.  Reproduced: p. 114, Sinclair/Pollock, The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Toronto: Methuen Publications, 1979; p. 55, Carpenter, Carole, artmagazine (Nov/Dec 1979); Time magazine (Aug 25, 1975). Exhibited: Norval Morrisseau 2012 Retrospective. Sep 15 - Nov 20, 2012, Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.
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1 comment:

  1. Robert Houle has contributed his newly written essay, "The Beardmore Garden Party", which chronicles Norval Morrisseau's legendary tea party from 1978 and makes exceedingly fascinating reading.


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