Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Catholic Influences on Norval Morrisseau (Part IV)

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Childlike Simplicity XII

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Honouring the Great Ojibway (Part I)

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"Harmony in Nature", © 1980s Norval Morrisseau
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Catholic Influences on Norval Morrisseau (Part III)

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"The painting presented herein is very similar in content and composition to the painting presented on the Canada Post Corporation's postage stamp "Virgin Mary with Christ Child and St. John the Baptist", 40"x32", © 1973 Norval Morrisseau /Collection of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Indian Art Centre/
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sacred Spirit (Part II)

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"NORVAL MORRISSEAU: SHAMAN ARTIST",
© 2006 Greg A. Hill - National Gallery of Canada; ISBN 1-55365-176-6


This 11"x 9" soft cover includes complete background to Norval Morrisseau's art and his influence on North American Native Art. Lavishly illustrated and with essays on the subject by Ruth B. Phillips, Armand Garnet Ruffo & Greg A. Hill. This book has been prepared to accompany the Norval Morrisseau retrospective in 2006 which was the first solo exhibition featuring a First Nations artist in 126-year history of the National Gallery of Canada.

Note: Despite being widely recognized as the father of contemporary aboriginal art and despite the pleas of some influential people, Morrisseau did not become part of the National Gallery of Canada's collection until 2000. As early as 1972, Selwyn Dewdney, an influential anthropologist and art enthusiast who befriended Morrisseau in northern Ontario early in his career, pressed the National Gallery of Canada to buy some of the artist's work. The gallery refused.

"I made a pitch at the National Gallery for inclusion of your work in the permanent collection but encountered deaf ears, Dewdney wrote Morrisseau. "It appears that if you're of Amerindian origin the proper place for your art is a museum!"





* Detail on a book cover "NORVAL MORRISSEAU: SHAMAN ARTIST" was from the painting "Observations of the Astral World", 93"x202", © c. 1994 Norval Morrisseau /Collection of the National Gallery of Canada/

Ojibway Word of The Day (Part II)

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"Balance", Artwork by Norval Morrisseau (c. 1987)
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Ojibway Migisi Bineshii Blog
- the Blog that offers news and information about Aboriginal, First Nations, Indigenous and Native people worldwide. A main focus of this blog is on women and healing within the people, tribes and communities. Also, short stories and poetry are expressed by Ojibway Migisi Bineshii. A wide range of topics from Native issues, environmentalism, feminism, Earth based spirituality, energy work, and the healing arts are covered in the poetry and short stories.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

"Legends of The Great Ojibway" (Part IV)

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>>> www.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part V)

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"I don't wish my work to be exploited, but to be properly used as an art form in its proper place where for the generations of the great Ojibway people it can be seen in the future, as well as be appreciated by all our white brothers." Norval Morrisseau, September 1962
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There are and have been many misrepresentations by people with respect to the works of Norval Morrisseau. I direct the reader to Exhibit "A" which is an article in National Post of May 18th, 2001. In the second paragraph Mr. Don Robinson (of Kinsman Robinson Galleries*) states that he was suspicious of the authenticity of 23 paintings which were brought to him by another collector who purchased them at Kahn Auctions. The following is a statement from that collector:
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"The reason behind these controversies which are shaking Norval Morrisseau's Art World is due to the fact that individuals and galleries that were closely associated with the artist have been spreading false statements that paintings of a certain style were not done by Norval Morrisseau's hand. Particularily those paintings from the 1970's presented on this blog and that have been offered for sale for more than three decades in galleries all across Canada. I could understand that they are trying "to harness" the secondary market; but discrediting a large body of work by Norval Morrisseau shows great disrespect to the artist and their actions cannot be tolerated. In my opinion they are harming the Norval Morrisseau art market and consequently his legacy."
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- Still image of Norval Morrisseau in this posting from "The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau" - film by NFB © 1974

Shamans of Norval Morrisseau (Part XXII)

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

CHRISTMAS 2008

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

French & American History Through the Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part I)

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Words of Genius XXXIII

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

North American Native Wisdom (Part II)

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"Congratulations on the first year of your excellent and factual Morrisseau blog. It generated a wide range of opinions that added to the Morrisseau knowledge pool, and has done much to advance the general knowledge about Canada's aboriginal art. Your research and dedication to this cause is impressive and has been noted by readers in many parts of the world. Keep up the good work."

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"... I must admit that without your excellent research and general perseverance the Morrisseau Story would have not been told in its true form. The abuse you had to suffer for this amazes me and the fact that you continued on this task is commendable. So keep up the good work and try to be more forgiving to the Vadas family. I'm sure Norval would want that."

Partial comment by Mr. Robert Lavack posted on 07 January, 2011 09:43

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"Hello Ugo,

Another brilliant article by one whom I consider an eccentric genius. I keep marvelling at the time you must put into the presentation of these exceedingly well researched articles.
 
Keep up the good work.
 
Sincerely,
 
Robert Lavack"
 
Private correspondence with Mr. Robert Lavack dated 21 August, 2012 as a response to the post "Norval Morrisseau authenticating his artworks" 


Robert Lavack - (b. 1920) has been, among other things, a bomber pilot in the Second World War, a flying geologist, an employee of the Ontario Department of Education, and a member of the World Health Organization's drive to eradicate smallpox.


 
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Reference postings:
- THE MORRISSEAU PAPERS (Part I);
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THE MORRISSEAU PAPERS (Part II);
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Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part III);
- Mr. Robert Lavack's Open Letter to Spirit Walker...;
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Correspondence between Norval Morrisseau and Mr. Robert Lavack (Part I);
- NO! NO! MORRISSEAU – Christmas Letter to Norval Morrisseau from Mr. Robert Lavack;
- Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part I).-

* A detail of the painting in this posting: "Young Spirit Walker", 36"x24", © 1989 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mother Earth (Part III)

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Quotes of Pablo Picasso that could easily be applied to "Picasso of the North" (Part II)

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One of the oldest known paintings by Norval Morrisseau in a Private Collection

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>>> www.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part IV)

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"I don't wish my work to be exploited, but to be properly used as an art form in its proper place where for the generations of the great Ojibway people it can be seen in the future, as well as be appreciated by all our white brothers." Norval Morrisseau, September 1962
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Here is the correspondence from Donald Robinson's* own lawyer stating that Mr. Robinson did in fact purchase the painting(s) that he never bothered to tell the newspaper nor his own clients as per point 5 as per page 2. Moreover, it was Mr. Robinson who was victimized and "taken in". Some expert. Mr. Robinson contends they are fakes but he has interestingly never asked for his money back. As far as the continuing investigation it's been seven (7) years and still no mention of anything. I guess experts take their time.

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Blog Master's comment:

"The reason behind these controversies which are shaking Norval Morrisseau's Art World is due to the fact that individuals and galleries that were closely associated with the artist have been spreading false statements that paintings of a certain style were not done by Norval Morrisseau's hand. Particularily those paintings from the 1970's presented on this blog and that have been offered for sale for more than three decades in galleries all across Canada. I could understand that they are trying "to harness" the secondary market; but discrediting a large body of work by Norval Morrisseau shows great disrespect to the artist and their actions cannot be tolerated. In my opinion they are harming the Norval Morrisseau art market and consequently his legacy."

Source: www.norvalmorrisseaulegaldefencefund.com
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---------See also: www.NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit.com


>>>>>>> I also encourage people not to contact the subjects in the case even though people could have gained access to these documents via the courts as these are public documents. Spirit Walker

* Donald Robinson /one of the founders of the Kinsman Robinson Galleries: Principal Morrisseau dealer - Representing Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007) and his artwork over the last nineteen years./

Important Note: For better understanding of the material presented herein please visit the following: www.NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund.com (Part I)-

- Still image of Norval Morrisseau in this posting from "The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau" - film by NFB © 1974

Norval Morrisseau's Petroglyphics (Part I)

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"Untitled", © 1972 Norval Morrisseau
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"My Grandfather told me once that nobody, no matter how hard they tried, could he remember all of the legends, otherwise, the whole of Northwestern Ontario would be covered in Pictographs."
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Norval Morrisseau
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* The painting in this posting: "Untitled", 14"x26", © 1972 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/