Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part I)

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
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"Creation of the Earth", © c. 1990s Norval Morrisseau
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"These paintings only remind you that you're an Indian. Inside somewhere, we're all Indians. So now when I befriend you, I'm trying to get the best Indian, bring out the Indianness in you to make you think everything is sacred."
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Norval Morrisseau
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* The painting in this posting: "Creation of the Earth", size not known, © c. 1990s Norval Morrisseau /Collection of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mashantucket, Connecticut USA/

10 comments:

Bryant Ross - Coghlan Art said...

This is a beautiful authentic Morrisseau painting. I know this because I observed it being painted.

It is also an example of how I have worked with museum associations. In 1991 the Mashantucket Peqout Museum contacted me about acquiring a Morrisseau painting for their permanent collection. They were very specific about what they wanted. They wanted a large canvas that depicted the Ojibwa story of creation.

When Norval had finished this painting and I was getting it ready to ship I asked him if the title of the painting was the Ojibway Story of Creation.
HE said” No, the world belongs to everyone and this is the Story about the Creation of Earth.”
I wrote this on the back of the canvas with the date. The back does not have any black scratchy writing on it.

Anonymous said...

Bryant,
Just a thought but why are you signing the reverse of Norval's work? When he was perfectly able to. Did Norval ask you to title the back or mess with it or was this your idea. The way I see it, you never should have written anything on it. If he wanted to , he would have. Im sure his hands were not broken. If you admit you sign the back of one painting. How many other paintings have you messed with . Maybe these questionable Morrisseau's are coming from you and Gabe!
Just a thought.

Bryant Ross - Coghlan Art said...

The blog master of this blog has stated that he will review and approve the comments posted here. He has said that he will not allow anonymous postings containing personal attacks or disrespect for Norval Morrisseau. Am I to presume that you reviewed the above anonymous posting and that you approve.
The above "Just a thought" anonymous posting contains no relevant information. It does contain lies and mis-information.
I tried to add some real information to Spirit Walker's posting of this great painting. That is what provenance is all about. Why allow it to be clouded by insane ramblings of some small minded person. How does that honour Norval Morrisseau.

Anonymous said...

Very Nice piece.

"just me"

Anonymous said...

Bryant

SW will only not allow attacks against himself and his 'camp'. You are not a member of that 'camp' so you will be critized and insulted. Don't worry - just know where it is coming from and the number of deaf ears it is falling on.

jon

Anonymous said...

Thank you Spirit Walker for this platform.

Norval Morrisseau Collector

Anonymous said...

I hate to ask the obvious but since Bryant asked how allowing these comments Honours Norval...

I would like Spirit Walker to address the following questions:

How does it honour Norval Morrisseau when you post pictures of his art without permission of the Estate?

How does it honour Norval's legacy when you disregard HIS copyrights?

Victor

Anonymous said...

Victor,
Norval's estate is just as corrupt as the dealers that sell his art in Toronto and B.C. SW doesn't need permission to post picutures of Norval's works. Besides, don't you all keep stating that everything on SW's blog is fake anyways, so what does it matter! Unless you just made a mistake and admitted these are authentic. This agrument will never rest. There will always be corruption and crooks where there is money attached. That's just a fact of life. SW is trying to honour Norval with this blog, and is doing a great job with it. I don't see SW selling anything on here. Just a man with a vision like Norval. I knew Norval and can say that he would be very pleased with this blog and all SW does for his legacy. Ill look forward to seeing the future unfold. Should be brilliant.

Anonymous said...

Interesting all these anonymous posts... Well... I woudl really love to hear it stated that permission is not required from the copyright owner. And I didn't admit the questionables were authentic. Some paintings on this site are genuine. But the questionables are thrown in also. The genuine oens should have permission to be posted. AS with all the other thigns cut and pasted from the internet...

Victor

Anonymous said...

Victor grow up. If an individual owns a painting and decides to display it on the internet, his house, gallery or elsewhere...unless otherwise stated as a "do not display" "all rights reserved" or all the other garble...then you shouldn't.. otherwise give it up. Its a painting not a government document! What will the owner do? SUE? Do you have any cases? Wow, the depth that the "camp" will go to, is unbelievable!

AKA...LOL