Robert Davidson @ Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
The Seattle Art Museum is presenting the first major U.S. exhibition of Canadian Haida artist, Robert Davidson until February 16, 2014. The show, titled Abstract Impulse, is in partnership with the National Museum of the North American Indian, New York where his work will be exhibited from April 10, 2014 – September 14, 2014.
Robert Davidson is one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A northwest coast native of Haida and Tlingit descent, he is a master carver of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter and jeweler. He is best known as an impeccable craftsman whose creative and personal interpretation of traditional Haida form is unparalleled. His distinctive style is appreciated by the Haida community and contemporary arts scholars alike, with many of his works considered post-modern masterpieces.
Robert Davidson has been a pivotal figure in the Northwest Coast Native art renaissance since 1969, when he erected the first totem pole in his ancestral Massett village since the 1880s. For over 40 years he has mastered Haida art traditions by studying the great works of his great-grandfather Charles Edenshaw and others. More recently, Davidson has interjected his own interpretation of the old forms with forays into abstraction, explored in boldly minimalistic easel paintings, graphic works and sculpture, where images are pared to essential lines, elemental shapes and strong colours.
The exhibition will feature 45 paintings, sculptures and prints created since 2005, as well as key images from earlier in his career that show Davidson’s evolution toward an elemental language of form. If you’re in Seattle, don’t miss the show – for more information see below:
The Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2003
November 16, 2013-February 16, 2014
There is a great article you can check out below featuring an interview with the artist: