Bill Reid Collected by Martine J. Reid

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In this third instalment of Douglas & McIntyre's Collected series celebrating beloved Canadian artists, the iconic work of Bill Reid (1920–1998) is lavishly illustrated with photographs of his many sculptures, carvings, jewellery, screen prints and paintings. His long career was driven by an appreciation of the well-crafted object and informed by a rediscovery of the culture and themes of his Haida heritage. Through his international success, it was Bill Reid who reintroduced the art of the Pacific Northwest First Nations and brought a unique and important culture due attention on the world stage.

Over his lifetime, Reid created many historic pieces of art including The Spirit of Haida Gwaii—a monumental 4,900-kg bronze sculpture for the Canadian Embassy in Washington—and its twin, The Jade Canoe, installed at the Vancouver International Airport. The Raven and the First Men is a massive carving in yellow cedar commissioned for the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology and is also featured on the Canadian $20 bill. In addition to enduring praise for this artwork, Reid received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1994. He continued to create stunning sculptures up until his death in 1998.

Bill Reid Collected chronologically features the most beautiful and memorable works of Reid's career in full colour along with an introductory essay by Martine J. Reid. This collection pays tribute to one of Canada's most epochal First Nations artists.

 

About Martine J. Reid

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Martine J. Reid, Ph.D., is an independent curator and scholar in Indigenous Northwest Coast art. She is Honourary Chair of the Bill Reid Foundation, which created the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (BRG) in Vancouver, BC, in 2008. She was Director of Content and Research, and Curator at the BRG from 2008 until 2012. Dr. Reid is currently working on Bill Reid: Catalogue Raisonné and is a member of the CRSA (Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association). She was married to Bill Reid for nearly half of his creative life, during which most of his monumental works were created.
 
Published April 30, 2016 by Douglas & McIntyre. 152 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography.
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