from September 15 2015 to February 28 2016
Curator of the exhibition: Claude d'Anthenaise, Jérôme Neutres
The exhibition is the first to be dedicated in France to the American painter Walton Ford.
His works combine monumental formats (sometimes more than three meters long) and miniaturist precision. Done in watercolor, they are similar to the most beautiful zoological plates published in the nineteenth century. Diverted from their scientific purpose, these meticulous drawings in color represent a rich exotic fauna, populated by elephants, tigers, monkeys, rhinoceroses, lions, birds...
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This wild fauna also borrows from the aesthetics of American cartoons of the 60s and 70s. The ferocious humor as well as the symbolism of this painting are in line with the Surrealists. Ford plays with the criteria of kitsch, trying to subvert this form of academism of contemporary art inherited from Marcel Duchamp.
The twenty or so works brought together represent more than fifteen years of creation. Ten of them have been specially created for the exhibition over the last two years.
Walton Ford was born in 1960. He lives and works in New York.