Charles Edenshaw

Charles Edenshaw is the first major survey of work by the acclaimed 19th-century Haida artist. This comprehensive exhibition of 80 objects presents the full range of Edenshaw’s creative output and considers the artist’s incredible legacy within Northwest Coast art past and present.

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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 Vancouver Art Gallery website


Friday, March 7, 2014 Sunday, May 25, 2014


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