A painting thought to be the work of an iconic Indigenous artist leads the rock star who buys it into the tragic and brutal world of an art forgery ring in Canada’s north. So, a rockstar wanders into a gallery…. Kevin Hearn of the Barenaked Ladies buys a painting by the world’s first Indigenous art star: the self-taught, self-destructive Native Canadian genius Chagall once dubbed “The Picasso Of The North,’ creator of the Woodland School, one of three major strains of Indigenous art, Norval Morrisseau. Hearn begins to doubt his painting’s authenticity, and sues the gallery that sold it to him. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of two darkly comical feuding factions of white people each claiming to be the true defenders of this Native artist’s legacy. At stake is the value of a tranche of 3000 Morrisseau paintings worth some $30,000,000. The film traces the official provenance of Hearn’s painting, representative of this disputed species, finding only suspiciously dead ends. Then as Hearn’s court case proceeds an almost-unbelievable new tale emerges about the origin of the paintings turning the story several shades darker than art fraud.
Sundays 10:30 am (doors open at 10)
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The Arts Centre
5714 Medusa, Sechlet