Walton Ford

Monday, December 04, 2006

This weekend I went out to the Brooklyn Museum for their monthly free first Saturday of the month night (thank you, Target). Annie Liebowitz and Ron Muek were both worth a peak, but the star of the museum’s current offerings by far is Walton Ford. Ford paints these huge watercolors that recall Audubon’s birds or some other 19th century naturalist painter. However, as the museum’s description of the exhibit notes, his work is like Audubon “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.” This exhibit is definitely worth the trip out to Brooklyn and the price of admission. Now, if only Mr. Ford's paintings were in my decorating budget.

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