Friday, April 24, 2009

Will the real SpiritWalker please stand up?

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~ This post has been trasferred from the KINSMAN ROBINSON GALLERIES blog ~-
--/Used without permission/-Originally published on 05/07/2008 (blog deleted on 06/26/2009)
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--Since you asked: Who is blogger Spirit Walker? Here's a brief Q&A: How long has he admired the artist? Over many years though he started his blog mid-November last year. He came to our attention when he first approached KRG seeking advice as a fledgling collector a number of years ago. Is he of Native descent? Nope—though he would probably prefer that you were left with that impression—Eastern European, Croatian to be exact. He arrived in North America as an adult. Has he ever had any connection to Norval Morrisseau? Nope, no direct contact with the artist that we've ever heard about. Does he work in the Arts, as his profile indicates? Nope, he's an engineer. (Once indicated before he changed his profile.) There is a Native American performer named SpiritWalker who resides in New Mexico (thespiritwalker.com), but he's not the one commenting on Morrisseau. So where does this "Spirit Walker" get his expertise? Damned if I know. Norval attracted many admirers during his lifetime; it seems no different in death. (Blog Master: Mozete li podnositi istinu?)*
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* - (Blog Master: Mozete li podnositi istinu?) - it should be written in Croatian language as "Blog Master: Mo┼żete li podnijeti istinu?" /English translation: "Blog Master: Can you handle the truth?"/
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~ As of May 10th, 2009 this post does not exist anymore due to its deletion by the KRG blog editors and on June 26, 2009 the blog has been deleted by the Kinsman Robinson Galleries. As of 08/06/2009 the blog has been reinstated but this time open to invited readers only!? (click HERE to view screen capture of the original post with all pertaining comments)
 
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4 comments:

rossettoink said...

For people to publish this type of rubish is distugsting. What if people had judged Norval Morriseau, for where he came frome or his Education, or what his ethic decent was. He would definetly not be considered the "Picasso of the North". For someone to state that that a person can not know a certian style of art because they are not from this country is shere ignorance. I can not say wether any piece of Norval Morriseau's is original or not, I do not have that Knowledge. I can say that a if person is be so moved by an artist or an artist work that they invest a large part f their lifes earnings into purchsing such work, that over time they would most likely come to some sorta of knowledge over the artist and his/her work.

Anonymous said...

Looks like it is all coming out now. Wow. Who would have thought?

Anonymous said...

Spirit Walker is a real gentleman. I true Canadian! It doesn't matter where you are from. Art has a way of speaking to individuals and Norval's obviously touched SpiritWalker. I say congratulations to a job well done. I use to study KRG website but after I have read all the rubbish they throw about this blog I have turned to this website for all my information on Norval.
This site is the best of its kind and is sure to be around for the long haul! Thank you SW for all your hard work and dedication to this legacy. One day Im sure you will be a serious force to contend with in this field.
I tip my hat to a true gentlemen in a league of wolves and sheep.

Anonymous said...

Finding a web link today to check on my favored blogs when visiting friends in Europe, I was shocked to read about the KRG attack on the Spirit Walker blog. I have visited the KRG Toronto gallery several times and found them reasonable people, so the shock of reading this was hard to comprehend. Another concern of mine, and other collectors, is the damage this is doing to the value of Morrisseau art. There are people that make a living copying well known artists, we all know that. But to direct this to the art of one artist like the Morrisseau blogs have been doing can destroy that market. I agree that the KRG attack on Spirit Walker through his place of birth was a mistake. But I think it was made in a joking and colloquial sense and not meant to be racist. But it did serve several good purposes, one being the exposure of the fraudulent Morrisseau 'apprentice cult'. I think the only way out of this situation is to get eveyone on the same team. Otherwise everyone becomes a loser as prospective buyers shy away from Morrisseau art. You have to get a neutral person to act as an arbitrator to do this. Otherwise the Morrisseau art market will become something similar to the current stock excange. A 'no go' situation.
Worried collector.