By Karen Duffek, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Ruth B. Phillips, Nika Collison
Bill Reid’s paintings has lengthy been stated for its astute and eloquent research of Haida culture, and for the anomaly of creating smooth paintings from the previous Haida tales. It helped to make the so-called renaissance of Northwest Coast local paintings noticeable to all. Bill Reid and Beyond will pay Reid the praise of increasing on his personal clear-eyed self-scrutiny as he got here to face for local paintings and artists, extra maybe than he could have wished.
The book’s nineteen members write from many views, breaking down barriers among paintings background and anthropology, among educational and artist, among colleague and politician.
Alert to the political, fiscal, and social occasions of invoice Reid’s lifetime, that have notably replaced the best way local paintings is produced and obtained, this publication participates within the vital ongoing debates approximately local paintings, demonstrating vividly that the trade of rules can, like artworks, swap people’s minds.
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Scale-ups are faithful to scale models, three-dimensional reference points are established carefully to avoid any artistic interpretation, and even shrinkage rates of cast materials are predetermined. ”—into three dimensions. So I started chopping. ” question that echoed around him from curious onlookers. My idealization of Bill’s art was like the dreams I had of the beasts on his gold bracelets ﬂoating over Vancouver like holograms in the night sky. But this was an opportunity to dispel the myths and adulation.
Bill came from a very strong Haida family with deep roots and rich traditions, and a mother who cared for her children very much in a diﬃcult world. pages FINAL 2/11/04 11:54 Page 22 the early years of Bill’s life with his brother, Bob, and sister, Peggy, and with their parents keeping them from knowing about their Haida heritage. That’s not a unique experience amongst Haidas or amongst First Nations people generally. It wasn’t until he was in his twenties that Bill really discovered that he was Haida—that his lineage traced back through his mother to this nation of people.
Even an infamous recent article in Maclean’s magazine, which had set out to diminish his reputation, wasted no time in pointing out rather disparagingly that he was only part Native, as though from the start he was somehow compromised. So when I first began to think about the book I had undertaken to write about Bill Reid, I knew that one of the questions I must deal with was the question of how it was that this person should end up as our ur-Native artist. ” I admit that at the time of writing I didn’t realize the full import of those words “becoming Haida,” which I had not heard used before.
Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Modern Native Art by Karen Duffek, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Ruth B. Phillips, Nika Collison