Exhibitions

Charles Edenshaw

07 Mar 2014 - 25 May 2014

Inuit Art Galleries

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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Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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The exhibition is made possible with support from The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Government of Canada through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Mr. David Aisenstat.
 
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.

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

Charles Edenshaw<br /><em>Sea Bear Bracelet</em>, late 19th century<br />silver<br />McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Purchase 1974, 1981.108.1<br />Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Charles Edenshaw
Sea Bear Bracelet, late 19th century
silver
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Purchase 1974, 1981.108.1
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery