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.
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.