By Maria Tippett
Bill Reid was once on the vanguard of the modern day renaissance of Northwest Coast local paintings; yet his paintings, and his lifestyles, used to be no longer with no controversy. just like the raven -- the trickster and significant determine in numerous Haida myths -- invoice Reid reinvented himself numerous instances over. Born to a in part Haida mom and a father of German and Scottish descent, his public personality as a Haida Indian turns out to were as a lot a fabricated from newshounds, artwork consumers, 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 creative perceptions.
Award-winning biographer and cultural historian Maria Tippett turned intrigued by means of this enigmatic determine who observed his personal early works as “artefakes,” but to this present day 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 latest local artwork is reasonable and actual, provided that artists equivalent to Mungo Martin were retaining the culture alive because the starting of the 20th century. such a lot controversially, she explores how Reid introduced a sensibility shaped via his white history to the reinvention of local art.
By asking tough questions about Reid’s existence and paintings, and by way of studying the works of alternative local artists because the starting of the 20 th century, Tippet provides the reader the defining portrait of invoice Reid -- one in all Canada’s such a lot enigmatic and liked artists.
Bill Reid’s paintings are available in inner most and public paintings galleries and museums around the world. The Museum of Anthropology on the collage of British Columbia homes the well-known 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 exhibit 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 notable examples of the paintings of this notable and ingenious artist.
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Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian by Maria Tippett