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Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). Thanh Hoang, 1997. Watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery


                        
                        Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). Thanh Hoang, 1997. Watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). Thanh Hoang, 1997. Watercolor, gouache, pencil and ink on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

<p>Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). <i>Madagascar</i>, 2002. Watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery</p>

Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). Madagascar, 2002. Watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Images of trade and piracy prevail in this picture featuring the now extinct elephant bird of Madagascar. Cited below the images are impressions of the island by Etienne de Flacourt (1607–1660), the French governor of Madagascar installed by the French East India Company in 1648.

<p>Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). <i>The Far Shores of Scholarship</i>, 2003. Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery</p>

Walton Ford (American, b. 1960). The Far Shores of Scholarship, 2003. Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and ink on paper. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery

Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford

November 3, 2006–January 28, 2007

New York–born artist Walton Ford, a 1982 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, draws inspiration from the work of such nineteenth-century artists as the naturalist John James Audubon and the French caricaturist J.J. Grandville, whose part-human, part-animal subjects satirize man’s shortcomings. This exhibition presents more than fifty of Ford’s large-scale, meticulously executed watercolors from the 1990s to the present, which depict birds and animals in a style resembling Audubon’s prodigious Birds of America—but with a significant twist. While beautiful, Ford’s paintings often portray scenes of violence and offer a wry critique of colonialism, the naturalist tradition, and the relationship between man and animal.

igers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford is organized for the Brooklyn Museum by Marilyn Kushner, Curator of Prints and Drawings.

This exhibition is made possible in part by

with additional support from the Contemporary/Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Council of the Brooklyn Museum.

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