Thursday, October 3, 2019

Norval Morrisseau greets the art world in 1962

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Close-Up
Broadcast Date: Sept. 23, 1962
Host: J. Frank Willis
Interviewer: June Callwood
Guest:Norval Morrisseau
Duration: 12:42

From CBC Archives: "Shy and self-taught, Norval Morrisseau is an artist who's getting noticed with a highly successful first showing of his paintings at the Pollock Gallery in Toronto. Morrisseau, who comes from the remote Lake Nipigon area of northern Ontario, paints animals, nature and legends with a never-before-seen approach that will come to be known as "Woodlands style." In this 1962 conversation with Close-Up reporter June Callwood, Morrisseau explains how he came to have his powerful Ojibwa name "Copper Thunderbird," how he plans to spend some of the earnings for his sold-out show, and how he manages the confusion generated by his Catholic and native spiritual beliefs."

Screenshot of "Sacred Bear", 1962, Acrylic on paper, 20x28 ins. Reproduced during TV broadcast on Sept. 23, 1962, Close-Up, in conversation with reporter June Callwood.
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Friday, May 31, 2019

A Journey Of The Young

Kinsman Robinson Galleries continues to pursue our moral commitment to protect the artistic legacy of Norval Morrisseau and to preserve the value of genuine works by the artist. The gallery first represented Morrisseau 30 years ago.

Norval Morrisseau
A Journey Of The Young
Acrylic on canvas
27.5x56.5ins, 69.85x143.51cms
Provenance: Private collection, Toronto; Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto; Acquired from the artist.
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Friday, March 22, 2019

A Film By Jamie Kastner, "There Are No Fakes"

Don Robinson inspecting the Hearn painting

A TVO Original
Premieres at Hot Docs 2019

From Hot Docs: Norval Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird) is arguably the most influential Indigenous artist in Canada, commonly referred to as the founder of the Woodlands style. After spending $20,000 at a reputable Toronto gallery to purchase Spirit Energy of Mother Earth, Kevin Hearn (of the Barenaked Ladies) was surprised to discover the authenticity of his Morrisseau canvas being called into question. His decision to sue the art dealer spurs an investigation into the painting's provenance, and so begins the unravelling of an art fraud ring with fighting factions, all claiming to be the true protectors of the Anishinaabe painter's legacy—and all of whom happen to be white. Dealers, investors, experts and artists vigorously defend their interests in a search for truth where culture and commerce collide. Questions of authenticity, appropriation and exploitation underlay a devastating story about a visionary artist caught between worlds. As the legal case proceeds, shocking new revelations emerge, detailing damages that spread far beyond the canvas. - Hot Docs' Alex Rogalski

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. The 2019 Hot Docs Festival will run April 25 to May 5, 2019.

Director: Jamie Kastner
Producer(s): Jamie Kastner, Laura Baron Kastner
Executive Producer: Mark Anthony Jacobson
Editor: Michael Hannan
Writer: Jamie Kastner
Cinematography: Derek Rogers
Music: Kevin Hearn
Sound: Peter Sawade, Stephen Dranitsaris, David Best

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