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Openings: Walton Ford – “I Don’t Like to Look at Him, Jack…” @ Paul Kasmin

Last Thursday, Walton Ford opened his latest exhibition at Paul Kasmin, entitled I Don’t Like to Look at Him, Jack. It Makes Me Think of that Awful Day on the Island. Taking its name from the 1933 film King Kong, the show includes three Kong-sized works on paper, capturing the beast in several facial expressions. In addition, Ford displays a series of paintings that are more representative of his modern-naturalist style. Based off a quote from John Audobon’s memoirs in which he recounted a childhood […]

Openings: Walton Ford @ Paul Kasmin Gallery

Last Thursday, Chelsea’s Paul Kasmin Gallery hosted the opening of an exhibition of new large-scale watercolors by Walton Ford. At first glance, those not familiar with Ford might mistake his contemporary works for those of 19th century naturalist and painter John James Audobon. The similarity is intentional. However, instead of merely cataloging species as Audobon did, Ford uses the familiar visual language of the well-known wildlife artist and other early natural history artists to depict historically-based allegories of the violent collision of man and nature. […]