of the exhibition
A book is published by Éditions Flammarion, on the occasion of the exhibition. Texts by Claude d'Anthenaise and Jérôme Neutres.
The exhibition is the first dedicated in France to the American painter Walton Ford.
His works combine the monumentality of the formats (sometimes over three meters long) and the precision of a miniaturist. Made in watercolor, they are similar to the most beautiful zoological prints published in the nineteenth century. Diverted from their scientific destination, these meticulous colored drawings represent a rich exotic fauna, populated by elephants, tigers, monkeys, rhinos, lions, birds ...
This wild fauna also borrows from the aesthetics of American cartoons from the 60s and 70s. The fierce humor like the symbolism of this painting is part of the Surrealist lineage. Ford plays with the criteria of kitsch, tries to subvert this form of academicism 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 past two years.
Walton Ford was born in 1960. He lives and works in New York.
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Reduced price: 6 euros