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 glossy paintings from the previous Haida tales. It helped to make the so-called renaissance of Northwest Coast local paintings obvious to all. Bill Reid and Beyond can pay Reid the praise of increasing on his personal clear-eyed self-scrutiny as he got here to face for local artwork and artists, extra might be than he may have wished.
The book’s nineteen members write from many views, breaking down barriers among paintings historical past and anthropology, among educational and artist, among colleague and politician.
Alert to the political, financial, and social occasions of invoice Reid’s lifetime, that have extensively replaced the way local paintings is produced and bought, this e-book participates within the very important ongoing debates approximately local paintings, demonstrating vividly that the alternate of rules can, like artistic endeavors, swap people’s minds.
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An aesthetic value for the art remained in place, though diminished from the refinement and complexity characterizing works from the nineteenth century. The loss of aesthetic or visual sophistication in Haida art parallelled the people’s forced loss in cultural determination. The works still being produced by Haida carvers in the s did, however, carry forward a cultural component that has fuelled the fires of enthusiasm since the early s. As Wilson Duﬀ (:) pointed out, “Raven remains Raven no matter how well or poorly it is depicted .
After the crest of this magnificent (in my view) ancient culture, there was a downturn for the last couple of hundred years, for reasons we’re all familiar with and that I’m not going to get into now. Bill picked up this legacy at a very diﬃcult, and some would say dark, time in our nation. He picked it up and he took it out in a new direction in a contemporary world. He sat it up there under his own interpretation, his own creation, and again it was respected and accepted on its own terms. Incidentally, it was Haida art.
Pages FINAL 2/11/04 11:54 Expanding the Understanding of Haida Art Page 31 the totem poles, the wooden boxes and feast dishes, the masks and, of course, the bracelets. His chief role model was always Charles Edenshaw, whom he finally decided was his great-great-uncle. Edenshaw’s career started when Haida culture was still intact and ended after it had come close to being destroyed. He went from creating great ceremonial art to working for the curio trade. But, said Bill, he brought great integrity to both.
Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Modern Native Art by Karen Duffek, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Ruth B. Phillips, Nika Collison