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CHARLES EDENSHAW

October 26, 2013 to February 2, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Robin K. Wright, Director, Bill Holm Center for the Study
of Northwest Coast Art and Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Vancouver Art Gallery with Haida
advisors Robert Davidson and James Hart


Charles Edenshaw (1839–1920) was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic
figure in Northwest Coast art. Working at the turn of the century, Edenshaw’s life and career spanned a period
of great hardship and tragedy for the Haida people, yet he found ways to adapt and produce outstanding work,
raising Northwest Coast art to new heights of elegance and sophistication. His work serves as a testament to
a tremendous individual spirit and a singular talent.
Winner of the Canadian Museum Association’s Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research, Charles Edenshaw
included over 200 objects from public and private collections around the world. This first major survey of Edenshaw’s
work featured the full range of objects that he produced and was organized around five themes: Haida Traditions,
Narrative, Style, New Forms and Legacy. The exhibition marked a homecoming of sorts, as it was the first time
such a large number of Edenshaw’s works in so many mediums were brought together, providing audiences with
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the assembled works of this Northwest Coast master. Haida art and
culture is recognized around the world and Edenshaw, to this day, stands as one of its greatest luminaries.

ARTISTS: Isaac Chapman (attr.), John Cross (attr.), Robert Davidson, Charles Edenshaw, Isabella Edenshaw,
Duncan Ginaawaan (Kinaowen) (attr.), James Hart, Zacharias Nicholas (attr.), Tom Price (attr.), Bill Reid, John
Robson (attr.), Simeon Sdiihlda (attr.), Christian White, Unknown

Presenting Sponsor: The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts
Supporting Sponsors: Maynards Industries, PCL Constructors Westcoast
Visionary Partner for British Columbia Artist Exhibitions: David Aisenstat
Additional support provided by: Donald Ellis, The McLean Foundation
This project was generously supported by the Government of Canada through the Museums Assistance Program
of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

BELOW: Charles Edenshaw, Bentwood Chest , late 19th century, wood, pigment, Canadian Museum of Civilization, VII-B-1580
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