By Maria Tippett
Bill Reid was once on the vanguard of the modern day renaissance of Northwest Coast local artwork; yet his artwork, and his lifestyles, was once now not with no controversy. just like the raven -- the trickster and imperative determine in numerous Haida myths -- invoice Reid reinvented himself a number of instances over. Born to a in part Haida mom and a father of German and Scottish descent, his public character as a Haida Indian turns out to were as a lot a made from reporters, paintings buyers, museum curators and others within the non-Native institution as of invoice Reid himself. it really is transparent that Reid’s paintings arose from the stress that existed among his local and white creative perceptions.
Award-winning biographer and cultural historian Maria Tippett grew to become intrigued through this enigmatic determine who talked about his personal early works as “artefakes,” but to this present day keeps to motivate new generations of Northwest Coast artists, together with Robert Davidson and Jim Hart. yet she questions no matter if Reid’s prestige because the architect of up to date local artwork is reasonable and actual, on condition that artists comparable to Mungo Martin have been preserving the culture alive because the starting of the 20 th century. so much controversially, she explores how Reid introduced a sensibility shaped via his white historical past to the reinvention of local art.
By asking tough questions about Reid’s lifestyles and paintings, and via studying the works of alternative local artists because the starting of the 20 th century, Tippet supplies the reader the defining portrait of invoice Reid -- one in all Canada’s such a lot enigmatic and cherished artists.
Bill Reid’s paintings are available in inner most and public paintings galleries and museums worldwide. The Museum of Anthropology on the college of British Columbia homes the recognized The Raven and The First Men and lots of smaller masterworks. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, a huge bronze sculpture over 4 metres excessive, is on reveal on the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. The British Museum, the Musée de l’Homme in Paris and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa additionally carry awesome examples of the paintings of this awesome and innovative artist.
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Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian by Maria Tippett