Oct 052014
 

Richard Hunt, Kwa-Giulth Octopus, 1979, serigraph. Photo: Richard Hunt

Formline Modern is an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Carleton University in Ottawa (CUAG), running until December 14, 2014. Drawing heavily on a collection of Northwest Coast graphic art donated by George and Joanne MacDonald, the show explores silkscreen printing on the BC coast since the 1960’s. The MacDonald collection, 800 limited edition First Nations prints, was donated to CUAG in 1999.

“Working during a period of renewed cultural production, coastal artists drew upon—and departed from—traditional imagery and the “rules” of formline design. Through the novel medium of silkscreen printing, these artists engaged with new narrative forms and content, shaping a uniquely indigenous modernism that challenged conventions and ultimately expanded tradition.”

Artists include Freda Diesing, Beau Dick, Robert Davidson, Chuuchkamalthnii (formerly Ron Hamilton), and Ozistalis (the late Chief Henry Speck).

Alongside Formline Modern at CUAG, Vancouver artist Raymond Boisjoly has created an exhibition generated by his study of the MacDonald Collection. Boisjoly “considers Indigenous artists’ use of printmaking, and the status, production, and circulation of prints in relation to Indigenous literary traditions.” See http://cuag.carleton.ca/index.php/exhibitions/242/

Dec 082012
 
 Robert Davidson, Green Tri Neg, 2009  Photo: Kenji Nagai

Robert Davidson, Green Tri Neg, 2009
Photo: Kenji Nagai

The Seattle Art Museum is planning the exhibition Robert Davidson: An Abstract Impulse from November 16 2013 to February 16 2014, in partnership with the Museum of the American Indian in New York. It will travel to the New York venue in 2014.

“The exhibition will feature forty-five paintings, sculptures and prints created since 2005, as well as key images from earlier in his career that show Davidson’s evolution toward an elemental language of form.” http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibit/exhibitDetail.asp?eventID=24416

Jun 072012
 
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun I Have a Vision that Some Day all Indigenous People Will Have Freedom and Self Government, 1987  Photo: Dietrich Graf, Staat. Museen zu Berlin

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun I Have a Vision that Some Day all Indigenous People Will Have Freedom and Self Government, 1987 Photo: Dietrich Graf, Staat. Museen zu Berlin

The State Ethnology Museum in Berlin Dahlem is exhibiting works by North American First Nations artists who work in styles relating to modern art and their own traditions. Northwest coast artists chosen from its collection include Robert Davidson, Susan Point, Tony Hunt, Nicolas Galanin and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

A 192-page catalogue accompanies the show; it runs until October 28 2012. See

http://www.smb.museum/indianischemoderne/index.php?page_id=1

May 092012
 
Nigel Fox, Salmon, 2012  at Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George

Nigel Fox, Salmon, 2012 at Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George

 

In Prince George, the city’s Two Rivers Gallery is holding the first Juried Exhibition of First Peoples’ Artwork in British Columbia.

Included in the show are works by Carla Aubichon Joseph, Shirley Babcock, Catherine Manahan, Liz Carter, Robert Davidson, Nigel Fox, Keith Kerrigan, Shana Labatch, lessLIE, Jennifer Pighin, Kim Stewart, Dylan Thomas and Connie Watts.

First, as the exhibition is called, aims to explore the diversity of First Nations’, Inuit and Métis art being created in British Columbia.

http://www.tworiversgallery.ca

Mar 042012
 
Haida Raven Rattle, 1800-1850  Photo: McCord Museum

Haida Raven Rattle, 1800-1850 Photo: McCord Museum

 

Several versions of a much-appreciated exhibition of Haida art based on the Haida holdings at the McCord Museum in Montreal have appeared in Canada over the last few years: Montreal in 2006, Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization in 2010-11 and the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2011.

With artist Robert Davidson in a consulting role, three Canadian museums will partner to send a travelling exhibition to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Britain and Spain in 2014 to 2016. The Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the McCord Museum join in sending the Haida: Life, Spirit, Art, with new additional artifacts and content, including text, images and audio-visual material. This exhibition has not been seen in Vancouver. http://www.civilization.ca/media/news/canadian-museum-partnership-prepares-haida-exhibition-for-european-tour/

Images from the McCord collection of Haida works can be seen in the Museum’s database at http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/scripts/search_results.php?Lang=1&partners=on&keywords=themeID:64

Reacting to this project, an Ottawa magazine wonders: “The announcement of this deal raises important questions: Why do foreign museums only seem interested in Canadian aboriginal art? Or is that all we offer them?” http://www.ottawamagazine.com/tag/paul-gessell/

Oct 092011
 
Robert Davidson, Ravenous, 2003  Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Robert Davidson, Ravenous, 2003 Photo: Courtesy of the artist

 

The work of Haida artist Robert Davidson is being exhibited at the Western Gallery at the University of Western Washington in Bellingham Washington, south of Vancouver until November 22 2011.

WWU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts presents Davidson’s group, the Rainbow Creek Dancers at 7:30 on Friday, October 21 in the Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater. They will be joined by the Git-hoan native Dance Group from Seattle. Tickets are available through the WWU Box Office at 360 650 6146 or http://www.tickets.wwu.edu.

For more about the Davidson exhibition visit http://westerngallery.wwu.edu

Mar 162011
 

Haida Mask, 1800-1850  Photo: McCord Museum

Haida Mask, 1800-1850 Photo: McCord Museum

The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language, 80 historic objects from the collection of the McCord Museum in Montreal, and more recent work by Robert Davidson, who curated the show. It continues until June 5 2011. Davidson will give a talk on Wednesday March 16 at 6 pm.

Brian Jungen’s exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta continues until May 8 2011. See http://www.youraga.ca/

Mar 162011
 

Image of Robert Davidson’s “Sara’s Birth Announcement” From CoghlanArt.com

Image of Robert Davidson’s “Sara’s Birth Announcement” From CoghlanArt.com

A survey of Robert Davidson’s serigraph prints in the exhibition Eagle Transforming will be exhibited at the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George until April 3 2011. For more information, see http://www.tworiversartgallery.com