Friday, November 21, 2014

Armand Ruffo Signs New Morrisseau Biography

Since 2008, KRG has consistently held biennial Norval Morrisseau retrospectives with accompanying full-colour catalogues. This year's catalogue features poems written by Armand Garnet Ruffo, Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen's University, to accompany select illustrated paintings by Norval Morrisseau. Armand is pictured on November 15, 2014 signing copies of his new Morrisseau biography "Man Changing Into Thunderbird" at Kinsman Robinson Galleries (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014).
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 Retrospective @ Kinsman Robinson Galleries

Norval Morrisseau 2014 Retrospective @ Kinsman Robinson Galleries
November 22 - December 20, 2014
Featuring poetry by Armand Ruffo
36-page colour catalogue

Norval Morrisseau's major dealer and principal gallery is showcasing the fourth retrospective of Morrisseau's artwork from Nov 22 until Dec 20, 2014.

In 1989, the gallery welcomed Norval Morrisseau to the stable and hosted his comeback exhibition "The Shaman's Return", an event which wowed collectors and critics alike in 1990. KRG’s principals possess extensive experience and knowledge of Morrisseau’s artwork. The gallery co-authored two hardcover books along with Norval Morrisseau. KRG has held four catalogued exhibitions since Norval Morrisseau passed away in 2007.

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. Five decades later, Morrisseau's artwork is notable for its kaleidoscopic colour, bold black outlines and sacred imagery. His signature style has cemented the artist as an icon of Canadian art.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

No Elder Abuse, No Neglect for Morrisseau

A rock star of the art world, Norval Morrisseau enjoyed regularly attending his exhibition openings. KRG made every effort to ensure Norval Morrisseau's comfort and safety at all times, from hiring private security in order to discourage visits from obsessive fans to renting medical equipment, wheelchairs and adjustable beds, to aid with his hotel stays.

Mr. Robinson and KRG specifically caution against drawing any undue inference of truth from the woefully ignorant and intentionally deceptive comments posted on YouTube.

Norval Morrisseau was always present at his shows of his own volition. Make no mistake, Norval Morrisseau experienced fame and enjoyed his celebrity status. Photo: Norval Morrisseau on 7 May 1994 photographed at the opening of his third solo exhibition "Honouring First Nations" at Kinsman Robinson Galleries. Courtesy Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are No Hoax

Originally published on 2/1/13. The artist Norval Morrisseau made clear his disapproval at the behaviour of numerous art galleries and auction houses regarding fakes, forgeries, breaches of copyright and moral rights in numerous letters, e-mails and affidavits—some dating back to 1993—sent out years before he succumbed to the ravages of Parkinson's disease. Some were as simple as a handwritten note on hotel stationary stating, "I Norval Morrisseau did not paint the picture shown in the photograph" (signed and dated 2004—pictured above). Many of the recipients simply ignored Norval Morrisseau's requests.

Here’s a follow-up post that you'll want to read: Morrisseau Defends Against Fraud |
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