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Charles Edenshaw, Bentwood Chest

Charles Edenshaw, Bentwood Chest (late 19th century), wood, pigment [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Feb 2] Canadian Museum of Civilization

Charles Edenshaw

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 26, 2013-Feb 2, 2014

Charles Edenshaw, Sea Bear Bracelet

Charles Edenshaw, Sea Bear Bracelet (late 19th century), silver [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Feb 2] McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Charles Edenshaw, Model Pole, detail

Charles Edenshaw, Model Pole, detail (c. 1885), wood [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Feb 2] Museum of Vancouver Collection, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Charles Edenshaw, Humanoid Mask

Charles Edenshaw, Humanoid Mask (1902), wood, pigment, hair, string [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Feb 2] American Museum of Natural History

Charles Edenshaw, Model Pole
Charles Edenshaw, Model Pole (c. 1890), argillite [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Feb 2] Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo: Art Resource, New York

Charles Edenshaw, Platter

Charles Edenshaw, Platter (pre-1894), argillite [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 26-Feb 2] Courtesy of the Field Museum, Chicago, Photo: The Field Museum

Haida artist Charles Edenshaw (ca. 1839-1920) is internationally renowned for his wood carving, argillite and ivory carving, jewellery and painting. He helped pioneer the art of silver and gold engraving through his masterful use of the formline design system, and remains an iconic, influential figure in Northwest Coast art today.

Edenshaw actively cultivated a market for his traditional Haida design work, both among his own people and among outsiders. He created pieces for ceremonies and events, as well as tourist pieces. At the beginning of the 20th century, the American Museum of Natural History commissioned dozens of pieces, including model totem poles and houses, for its collection. Edenshaw’s bracelets, made from gold and silver coins and exhibiting family crests, were worn by the Haida at a time when the clans’ wrist tattoos were prohibited by missionaries.

In the first major survey of Edenshaw’s work, the Vancouver Art Gallery is showcasing over 200 objects assembled from public and private collections. The exhibit is organized around the central themes of his work: objects depicting traditional Haida stories; pieces that demonstrate his refined approach to line and form; and works that incorporate materials and ideas introduced by Americans and Europeans. The exhibition, organized by the VAG, was curated by Robin K. Wright, director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art, and Daina Augaitis, chief curator/associate director of the VAG, with Haida advisers James Hart and Robert Davidson.

Mia Johnson


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