07 Mar 2014 - 25 May 2014
Inuit Art Galleries
Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Haida artist Charles Edenshaw (1839–1920) is now recognized as one of the most innovative artists working on the west coast at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibition offers a complete overview of Edenshaw’s work, presenting the full range of objects that he created during his lifetime, from traditional objects that he made for family members to elaborately carved model poles, platters and other objects produced for trade with Europeans. Examining his remarkable aesthetic achievements, the exhibition focuses on four predominant themes: his advancement of traditional formline design; his ability to animate Haida stories in his carving; his interest in new materials and visual ideas that led to innovative cultural hybrids; and, finally, his deep-seated belief in Haida traditions, which gave him the agility and fortitude to thrive as a Haida artist during oppressive colonial rule.
Charles Edenshaw (attr.), Bentwood Chest (detail), late 19th century, wood, pigment, 59.5 x 142 x 58 cm, Canadian Museum of Civilization Collection, VII-C-1183