By Maria Tippett
Half biography, half artwork background -- a completely enticing examine one man’s lifestyles and his exceptional impact at the global of latest art.
Bill Reid was once on the leading edge of the modern day renaissance of Northwest Coast local artwork; yet his paintings, and his existence, used to be no longer with no controversy. just like the raven -- the trickster and important determine in numerous Haida myths -- invoice Reid reinvented himself numerous occasions 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 manufactured from reporters, artwork buyers, museum curators and others within the non-Native institution as of invoice Reid himself. it's transparent that Reid’s paintings arose from the stress that existed among his local and white inventive perceptions.
Award-winning biographer and cultural historian Maria Tippett grew to become intrigued through this enigmatic determine who pointed out his personal early works as “artefakes,” but to today maintains 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 paintings is reasonable and exact, provided that artists resembling Mungo Martin have been maintaining the culture alive because the starting of the 20th 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 tricky questions on Reid’s existence and paintings, and through examining the works of alternative local artists because the starting of the 20th century, Tippet offers the reader the defining portrait of invoice Reid -- certainly one of Canada’s such a lot enigmatic and cherished artists.
Bill Reid’s paintings are available in inner most and public artwork galleries and museums world wide. The Museum of Anthropology on the collage of British Columbia homes the recognized The Raven and The First Men and plenty of smaller masterworks. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, a huge bronze sculpture over 4 metres excessive, is on show 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 outstanding examples of the paintings of this impressive and creative artist.
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Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian by Maria Tippett