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By Maria Tippett

half biography, half artwork historical past -- a completely enticing examine one man’s existence and his extra special impact at the international of up to date art.

Bill Reid was once on the vanguard of the modern day renaissance of Northwest Coast local paintings; yet his paintings, and his existence, was once no longer with out controversy. just like the raven -- the trickster and vital determine in numerous Haida myths -- invoice Reid reinvented himself a number of instances over. Born to a partially 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 of newshounds, artwork buyers, museum curators and others within the non-Native institution as of invoice Reid himself. it truly 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 turned intrigued via this enigmatic determine who mentioned his personal early works as “artefakes,” but to at the present time maintains to motivate new generations of Northwest Coast artists, together with Robert Davidson and Jim Hart. yet she questions even if Reid’s prestige because the architect of latest local artwork is reasonable and actual, provided that artists resembling Mungo Martin were preserving 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 historical past to the reinvention of local art.

By asking tough questions about Reid’s existence and paintings, and through interpreting 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 among Canada’s such a lot enigmatic and cherished 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 college of British Columbia homes the well-known The Raven and The First Men and lots of smaller masterworks. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, a enormous 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 amazing examples of the paintings of this remarkable and ingenious artist.

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