Friday, December 20, 2013

Art Theft Notice - Important Morrisseau Paintings Stolen

Norval Morrisseau
Inspiration Of Shaman Painter… His Family, 1996
Acrylic on canvas, 96x36 ins., 243.84x91.44 cms.
(first image and right-facing figures)
Unsigned and framed (diptych)
Norval Morrisseau
Shaman With Two Children, 1996
Acrylic on canvas, 96x36 ins., 243.84x91.44 cms.
(left-facing figure, two children)
Signed and framed (diptych)

»On December 18, 2013 at approximately 7:35 p.m., the above-described paintings by renowned Anishinabe artist Norval Morrisseau were reportedly stolen from a private residence in Tiny Township. OPP received a call from an alarm-monitoring station and responded to the scene within minutes of the break and enter according to the owner. Today, the paintings are valued in excess of $200,000. They were purchased by the present owner at Kinsman Robinson Galleries. Norval Morrisseau is an iconic Canadian artist whose symbols and enduring artwork have become synonymous with Canada's national identity. A number of Norval Morrisseau artworks in public collections are certified as being of "outstanding significance" to Canada's national heritage. If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of these paintings, please call police at 705-526-3761 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or send a tip online. Crime ref. : OPP13395779. This notice was circulated by the Executive Director to the member galleries of the Art Dealers Association of Canada on January 30, 2014.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Norval Morrisseau Gallery Collection

Norval Morrisseau Gallery Collection
October 19 – November 9, 2013

Image detail: Norval Morrisseau, Shamanic Vision, 1996, Acrylic on canvas, 48x36 ins. Art copyright © 2013 Norval Morrisseau Estate.
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Norval Morrisseau’s Visual Narratives

In conjunction with Thunder Bay Art Gallery exhibition
Morrisseau: Works on Paper
June 14 – Sept 8, 2013

Join Dr. Carmen Robertson

Thursday July 4 @ 7:30 pm

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Lecture open to the public, donations welcomed.

Telling Stories on Canvas: Norval Morrisseau’s Visual Narratives

From the website: »
Aboriginal artist Norval Morrisseau whose entrance onto the Canadian art scene in 1962 introduced a unique artistic language steeped in Anishinaabe cultural traditions. Melding oral narratives, personal storytelling, and a visual language that draws on Indigenous visual elements, Morrisseau’s art serves as a hybrid form of visual narratives that draw on a range of influences in order to shape stories on canvas that reach back to the past, take from the present, and exert a transformative influence on the future.  This lecture discusses works by Morrisseau that confirm the importance of narrative in his art and acknowledge the multi-layered stories embedded in his artwork.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Norval Morrisseau Remembered Fondly

Kinsman Robinson Galleries fondly remembers our eighteen-year association with Norval Morrisseau, also called Copper Thunderbird.  Norval Morrisseau was one of the most influential indigenous artists of the 20th century.

Like Canadian art pioneers, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, Morrisseau inspired successive generations of visual artists to pursue their own visions.

Morrisseau was a Grand Shaman, a passionate storyteller and the inspiration behind one of North America's most colourful, instantly recognizable and notably original art movements, the Woodland or Anishinaabe School of Art. Photo: Morrisseau pictured in 2004. Copyright by Roberts Studios, 2004.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

KRG Accepts Matulić's Offer To Settle

Kinsman Robinson Galleries has accepted Internet blogger Ugo Matulić's offer to settle our defamation lawsuit against him. Based upon an agreed statement by the parties involved, the settlement of this case was approved on 16 May 2013.

Our decision to agree to this settlement was made in order to end the ongoing distraction and cost of a complex litigation process.

KRG has operated as a fine art gallery for thirty-three years. As longtime members of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, our practices are fully consistent with both the law and accepted standards in the art world. KRG will continue to pursue our moral commitment to protect the artistic legacy of Norval Morrisseau and to preserve the value of genuine works by the artist.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Norval Morrisseau: A Voice Not Forgotten

In keeping with the concept of droit moral (in this case the artist's right to not claim authorship of a work), Norval Morrisseau publicly disavowed the black drybrush paintings over a six-year period beginning in 2001–through the formation of the NMHS in 2005–until a month before he passed away in 2007. With no inducement, Norval Morrisseau returned his first statutory declaration to KRG in 2001 wherein he stated unequivocally that he did not paint the subject paintings.

The Visual Artists Rights Act amended U.S. law granting the moral rights of attribution and integrity to American visual artists in 1990. A recent Ontario court ruling demonstrates that Canadian artists cannot rely on moral rights protection equal to their American or European counterparts for that matter. In this case, authorship of a work is being attributed to Norval Morrisseau against his will. Clearly, Norval Morrisseau took the necessary steps–during his lifetime–to ensure that such artwork was not attributed to him in perpetuity.
Photo: Norval Morrisseau with longtime art dealer Donald Robinson pictured in 2004. Copyright by Roberts Studios, 2004.
Here’s a follow-up post that you'll want to read: Morrisseau Defends Against Fraud
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Morrisseau Voice 'Thundered Like Sentinel'

“I go to the inner planes. I go to the source. I even dare to say, I go to the house of invention where all the inventors of mankind have been.” –Norval Morrisseau

Cited by Donald C. Robinson in his introduction to Norval Morrisseau Exhibition: ‘Honouring First Nations’ (Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, 1994). "My first visit to Norval Morrisseau's studio had a profound effect on me. That day, Norval told me that he had been thinking about me for some time, but we had never previously met." In a fitting tribute to Norval Morrisseau, Robert Houle, a close friend and contemporary Anishnabe Saulteaux artist, wrote, "As a master narrator, [Norval] had a voice that thundered like the sentinel of a people still listening to the stories told since creation."
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Morrisseau is Canada's Picasso

Few artists of the 20th-century played a greater role in defining and then reinventing their art form than Morrisseau or Picasso. Many of their individual influences have been adopted by other artists in recent history.

Both artists exhibited in the South of France during 1969. Herbert T. Schwarz, MD, collector and author, organized Morrisseau's first solo exhibition there at Galerie Saint-Paul. Schwarz also knew Picasso well. Schwarz visited Picasso while promoting Morrisseau and tending to exhibition details.

Four decades later, there remains a strong market for top quality artworks by Norval Morrisseau's hand but collectors are passing up anything that appears second-tier.

Illustrated: Norval Morrisseau accompanied by Donald Robinsonhis art dealer for eighteen yearson a visit to the McMichael in 1997. Photographed in front of Norval Morrisseau's painting, Shaman and Disciples (1979). Reproduced in b&w on the dust jacket, Norval Morrisseau: Return To The House of Invention (Key Porter Books, 2005).
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