RiverBrink Art Museum announces the opening of two new exhibitions “Norval Morrisseau: Journey with a Genius” and “A Private Collection of Inuit Sculpture” curated by Debra Antoncic, Associate Curator, on Saturday May 4. Made possible by generous loans from two local collectors, these exhibitions are part of this season’s focus on collecting.
Norval Morrisseau: "Journey with a Genius”
This collection of paintings and prints by Norval Morrisseau, on loan to RiverBrink, charts a personal and professional relationship that began when collector Richard Baker was just starting his career as a lawyer. Over the years he acquired several important art works by Morrisseau and an equal number of stories about the artist’s life and work. In the process, Richard developed an interest in art and an appreciation for Morrisseau’s achievements as an innovator, an experience expressed in the title of this exhibition.
“A Private Collection of Inuit Sculpture”
Also opening is “A Private Collection of Inuit Sculpture,” also on loan to RiverBrink from a local private collector. From an initial purchase in 1957, this collection has grown in size and scope to more than seventy pieces in soapstone, argillite, serpentine, whale bone and ivory, and a particular emphasis on Cape Dorset artists. The exhibition also includes representations of Inuit by European Canadian and Inuit artists.
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