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Walton Ford: Tigers of Wrath, Horses of Instruction [Hardcover]

Steven Katz , Dodie Kazanjian

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The paintings of Walton Ford (born 1960) combine draftsmanship with layers of allegorical and lyrical symbolism. "It's as if John James Audubon had been visited by the spirit of Hieronymous Bosch" is how one critic has described the unsettling impact of Ford's work, with their sometimes violent imagery and their trenchant political and social commentary on history, colonialism and the precarious relationship between man and animal. This volume provides an overview of Ford's paintings. Printed to coincide with a Ford exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, the book includes an essay by screenwriter Steven Katz and an interview with the artist by Dodie Kazanjian.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous book about a brilliant painter 20 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
"Tigers of Wrath, Horses of Instruction" (the title is from William Blake) is the first monograph of the work of Walton Ford, a contemporary, New York-born painter whose enormous, Audobon-inspired watercolors are among the most beautiful, most thoughtful, and most disturbing works produced today. His often baffling work, examining global culture clashes told through fantastically-rendered paintings of exotic birds and animals, is very well explicated in a scholarly introductory essay by Steven Katz and a useful interview with the artist conducted by Dodie Kazanjian. All in all, this is probably the most gorgeous book you'll see this year.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Important Contemporary American Artist 25 Sep 2002
By Duncan A. Chapman - Published on Amazon.com
Walton Ford's watercolors are among the most beautiful offered by any contemporary artist today. The context of each work is intelligent, thoughtful and imaginative while the execution of each work is brilliant. The book's release is in conjunction with a major exhibition of recent work by Walton Ford at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City in October 2002. Serious art collectors, museum curators and art lovers should purchase a copy of the book for their libraries: the book is certain to become a collectors item.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 21 Feb 2006
By Matilda Luk - Published on Amazon.com
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Ford is a master painter -- although I imagine one must see his work in person to appreciate the fabulous detail -- and the book is a great and affordable way to have his work in the house.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Audubon combined with Kafka 16 Sep 2006
By C. B Collins Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Walton Ford's paintings are hauntingly beautiful. The first time I began to see reproductions of Ford's work in Art in America, I knew we had a bold new talent to challenge our sensibilities.

The large watercolors; enhanced with colored inks, pencil, and gouache, are superb. The play with the naturalistic sensibilities of John James Audubon's nature paintings, but always have a dark, sinister, commentary hidden in the sub-text.

The paintings are of incredible beauty, masterfully drawn, formal and structured, pristine and realistic. Yet odd forces of death, violence, and pain lurk just below the surface. The compositions and the tight use of the watercolor and ink medium create a discomfort and tension that places the works fully in the 21st century. They are Audubon combined with Kafka. The beauty draws you in and then you get caught by the sub-text, the evil little traps hidden in each work.

The monograph is full of art, Ford being a highly prolific painter. At least 70 paintings are represented in full color. You will not be diappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the artist... 6 Feb 2014
By NorthShoreCanary - Published on Amazon.com
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...you will love the book. The most lovingly rendered, satisfyingly composed and deliciously colored wildlife imagery seemingly filtered through the zeitgeist of early 20th century Austria.
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