In this third instalment of the Collected series, the work of Bill Reid is showcased with beautiful photographs of his many sculptures, carvings, jewellery and paintings inspired by the culture and themes of his Haida Gwaii heritage.
Over his lifetime, Bill Reid created many historic pieces of art including the large bronze sculpture The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, nicknamed the Jade Canoe and displayed at the Vancouver International Airport, and The Raven and the First Men, a yellow cedar carving. Both are featured on the Canadian $20 bill. In addition to the immense praise for his 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 features the largest chronological collection of memorable works of Reid’s career in full-colour photographs and images to date. Along with an introductory essay by Dr. Martine J. Reid, this collection pays tribute to one of Canada's most renowned First Nations artists.
Martine J. Reid, PhD, 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.
"What of new value can one small paperback contribute to this ocean of attention? The answer, Bill Reid Collected demonstrates, is a lot....This presentation conveys a greater holistic understanding of the creative life of the artist. In so doing, it enhances understanding of his art."
~ Victoria Wyatt, The Ormsby Review, March 2017- The Ormsby Review
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