Apr 062013
 

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston Illinois (near Chicago) has opened an exhibition Another View of American Indian Fine Art which will run to September 1 2013.The exhibit presents significant developments in native art from the 1920’s to the present. Included are Kwakwaka’wakw artist Tony Hunt, Ron A. Sebastien and Haida Bill Reid. See http://www.mitchellmuseum.org

Mar 042012
 
Bill Reid, Chief of the Undersea World at Vancouver Aquarium

Bill Reid, Chief of the Undersea World at Vancouver Aquarium

The bronze sculpture by Bill Reid of a killer whale, Chief of the Undersea World, stolen for the second time from an outdoor site in Ottawa, has recently been returned anonymously after its disappearance 16 years ago. It had been displayed until then in the middle of a pond, secured with two-metre threaded bolts. A larger version of the same work is at a fountain outside the Vancouver Aquarium.

Jan 092012
 
Bill Reid Raven Bracelet 1955  Friedman Collection, Museum of Anthropology, UBC  Photo: Bill McLennan

Bill Reid Raven Bracelet 1955 Friedman Collection, Museum of Anthropology, UBC Photo: Bill McLennan

The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver has received a gift from Dr. Sydney Friedman and his late wife Constance, of their collection of twelve artworks by Haida artist Bill Reid. The work illustrated above, an complex hinged gold bracelet in the form of a raven, with curving outlines of feathered wings, dates from 1955.

The newly acquired works will be displayed in MOA’s Bill Reid Rotunda in early spring.

Events in the new year at MOA include a retrospective exhibition of the work of Kwakwaka’wakw artist Doug Cranmer in March, with an accompanying book by Jennifer Kramer. A lecture series by artists influenced by Cranmer will be held in April and May.

The wonderful 2012 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival is March 8 to 11. See http://www.moa.ubc.ca

Dec 072011
 
Photo: Philip Hersee Photography

Photo: Philip Hersee Photography

 

A launch of a new book Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe will be held at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art at 639 Hornby in Vancouver on Thursday December 8 2011 at 5 pm. Admission is free.

Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe tells the story of the pivotal role of the
canoe in Northwest Coast art, cultures and communities from pre-contact to present day Tribal Journeys.

Principal author and editor Dr. Martine Reid is Director of Content and Research at the Bill Reid Gallery.

The related exhibition of photography continues at the Bill Reid Gallery until January 8, 2012, and will then tour to the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario.

For more information see http://www.billreidgallery.ca

Oct 092011
 
Bill Reid, Lootas (Wave Eater), 1993  Ink Drawing by Bill Reid  Collection of the Bill Reid Foundation

Bill Reid, Lootas (Wave Eater), 1993 Ink Drawing by Bill Reid Collection of the Bill Reid Foundation

Haida artist Bill Reid had a deep admiration of the traditional Haida canoe: The Haida canoe is as beautifully designed and decorated an open boat as the world has ever seen” he said in 1987, in an article in National Geographic. His grandfather Charles Gladstone was an expert boat builder. For Expo 86 in Vancouver Bill Reid was commissioned to build a 15-metre war canoe, and this began the creation of a number of Haida canoes in cedar and fiberglass. Tribes along the Pacific coast have developed great skill in carving and journeying in their traditional vessels.

A new book, Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe, will be launched in October 2011. Harbour Publishing. The anthology on the theme of the Haida canoe includes artworks by Bill Reid, vivid photographs by Phillip Hersee, Ulli Steltzer, Robert Semeniuk and others, texts by James Raffan, Martine J. Reid, and Mike Robinson and first-hand accounts by First Nations paddlers.

http://www.harbourpublishing.com/title/BillReidandtheHaidaCanoe

Elizabeth Bulbrook, former Heritage Coordinator for the Council of Haida Nation’s Forest Guardians will present a program on Red Cedar Archaeology at the Bill Reid gallery on October 26 2011, at 2:30 to 3:30 pm. This talk will describe the study of culturally modified red cedar trees, and its benefits to the artistic traditions among the First Nations peoples of the Northwest Coast. For more information about the Gallery, see http://www.billreidgallery.ca/

Jun 032011
 
Bill Reid, Necklace.  Courtesy of Donald Ellis and Equinox Gallery

Bill Reid, Necklace. Courtesy of Donald Ellis and Equinox Gallery

The Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, in collaboration with Donald Ellis Gallery, is presenting a third collaborative exhibition Inside Passage: Exploring the Artistic Practices of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast. Works include a gold necklace by Bill Reid (above), several works by Charles Edenshaw, a Chilkat blanket formerly in the collection of artist Donald Judd, and a group of 19th century argillite carvings. The exhibition opens with a reception for the public on Saturday June 25 from 2 to 4 pm. The show closes on July 20 2011. http://www.equinoxgallery.com

Mar 162011
 

Bill Reid’s Grizzly Beat Mantlepiece and donor Michael Audain  Photo: Doug Denton, Oak Bay News

Bill Reid’s Grizzly Beat Mantlepiece and donor Michael Audain Photo: Doug Denton, Oak Bay News

A sculpture by Haida artist Bill Reid has been purchased for the Royal British Columbia Museum, thanks to a $750,000 donation by the Audain Foundation. The Grizzly Bear Mantlepiece, carved in cedar in 1954, was commissioned by the late Anne and Douglas Stevenson for their home in Williams Lake BC.