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