Exhibitions: Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Fragment of Tomb Relief

Scenes of daily life, many of which may actually have had religious significance, were a basic element of private-tomb decoration until the ...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Squatting Male Figure

    This figure comes from a Songye-related group, the Nsapo-Nsapo, named for their chief who led them northeast to Lulua country in the 1880s a...

     
    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.

    close

    DIG_E2006_Ford_01_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_02_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_03_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_04_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_05_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_06_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_07_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_08_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_09_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_10_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_11_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_12_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_13_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_14_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_15_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_16_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_17_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_18_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_19_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_20_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_21_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_22_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_23_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_24_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_25_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_26_PS2.jpg DIG_E2006_Ford_27_PS2.jpg

    Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford

    • Dates: November 3, 2006 through January 28, 2007
    • Organizing Department: Prints, Drawings and Photographs ?
    • Collections: Contemporary Art
    • Location: This exhibition is no longer on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
    • Description: Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford. [11/03/2006 - 01/28/2007]. Installation view.
    • Citation: Brooklyn Museum Digital Collections and Services. Records of the Department of Digital Collections and Services. (DIG_E_2006_Ford)
    • Source: born digital
    • Related Links: Main Exhibition Page
    Exhibition Didactics ?
    • Tigers of Wrath
      Walton Ford’s art is a study in contradictions. Although he uses materials most often associated with small, intimate works—watercolor, gouache, graphite, and ink—his paintings are often enormous. His attention to intricate detail and his bewitching technical mastery result in stunning images, but upon close examination, these attractive scenes frequently reveal a repulsive world of ugly brutality. The themes seem to be drawn from nature, but they are also about history, politics, and culture. “The main thing I’m always looking for in my work is a sort of attraction/repulsion,” Ford explains, “where the stuff is beautiful to begin with until you notice some horrible violence is about to happen in the middle of the happening. Often that can be the moment when an animal is defined by and enters human culture.”

      Ford invites us to view his subject matter through an art historical lens. The most striking feature of his work is its resemblance to John James Audubon’s well-known series Birds of America, first published in 1840. Ford mimics not only Audubon’s style but also the handwritten notes he often incorporated in his paintings. The satirical edge Ford adds recalls artists such as Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Dutch, circa 1525–1569), J. J. Granville (French, 1803–1847), and Robert Crumb (American, born 1943).

      The artist’s watercolors are layered with influences and ideas. His work celebrates a kind of wonder resulting from thorough research, as indicated by his book-strewn studio, where one might find an instruction book for nineteenth-century trappers, a Swiss zookeeper’s manual, or a translation of a Sanskrit elephant-training manuscript. If we knew all of the stories behind Ford’s grand images, we could read the pictures like novels. Yet Ford would have us liken his paintings to dreams in which we have a general idea of what occurred but the interpretation escapes us. In some instances in the exhibition, sources that inspired the artist have been cited so that the viewer can try to unlock the underlying meaning of an image. But one need not attempt to decipher the deeper intentions of these works; we can simply admire them for their elegance. Searching for the meaning of these paintings, after all, can be similar to what Audubon experienced in trying to catch a glimpse of the now extinct passenger pigeon:

      When an individual is seen gliding through the woods and close to the observer, it passes like a thought, and on trying to see it again, the eye searches in vain; the bird is gone.

      Marilyn S. Kushner
      Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Exhibitions

    advanced 106,631 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."


    Recently Tagged Exhibitions

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/www/default/views/opencollection/_tags_list.php on line 15

    Recent Comments

    "Hi Aimee, I think you mean Oreet Ashery? More information can be found in her profile on the Feminist Art Base: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/feminist_art_base/gallery/oreet_ashery.php?i=266"
    By shelley

    "Hi, I am trying to find the name of the artist who took and is in the photograph that follows- http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/exhibitions/664/Global_Feminisms_Remix/image/216/Global_Feminisms_Remix._%7C08032007_-_03032008%7C._Installation_view. I believe the artist takes pictures of herself dressed as a man but then exposes her femaleness, as in the photo of her dressed as an Ascetic Jew exposing her breast. Can you help me find her information? Thanks in advance- Aimee Record"
    By Aimee Record

    "For more information on Louis Schanker and the New York Art Scene of the mid 1900's go to http://www.LouisSchanker.info "
    By Lou Siegel

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.


    Prints, Drawings and Photographs

    Over the years, the collections of the Brooklyn Museum have been organized and reorganized in different ways. Collections of the former Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs include works on paper that may fall into other categories: American Art, European Art, Asian Art, Contemporary Art, and Photography.
    The Brooklyn Museum Archives maintains a collection of historical press releases. Many of these have been scanned and made available on our Web site. The releases range from brief announcements to extensive articles; images of the original releases have been included for your reference. Please note that all the original typographical elements, including occasional errors, have been retained. Releases may also contain errors as a result of the scanning process. We welcome your feedback about corrections.
    For select exhibitions, we have made available some or all of the informative text panels written by the curator or organizer. Called "didactics," these panels are presented to the public during the exhibition's run, and we reproduce them here for your reference and archival interest. Please note that any illustrations on the original didactics have not been retained, and that the text may contain errors as a result of the scanning process. We welcome your feedback about corrections.
    For select exhibitions, we have made available some or all of the objects from the Brooklyn Museum collection that were in the installation. These objects are listed here for your reference and archival interest, but the list may be incomplete and does not contain objects owned by other institutions or lenders.
    This section utilizes the New York Times API in order to display related materials in New York Times publications.