Bill Reid : The Making of an Indian
Maria TippettISBN: 0679311947;
Book DescriptionPart biography, part art history -- a thoroughly engaging look at one man’s life and his phenomenal influence on the world of contemporary art. Bill Reid was at the forefront of the modern-day renaissance of Northwest Coast Native art; but his art, and his life, was not without controversy. Like the raven -- the trickster and principal figure in countless Haida myths -- Bill Reid reinvented himself several times over. Born to a partly Haida mother and a father of German and Scottish descent, his public persona as a Haida Indian seems to have been as much a product of journalists, art patrons, museum curators and others in the non-Native establishment as of Bill Reid himself. It is clear that Reid’s art arose from the tension that existed between his Native and white artistic perceptions. Award-winning biographer and cultural historian Maria Tippett became intrigued by this enigmatic figure who referred to his own early works as...
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