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Extended through May 7, 2022

Walton Ford

March 11–May 7, 2022
555 West 24th Street, New York

Installation view with Walton Ford, Cháy (2021) Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view with Walton Ford, Cháy (2021)

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Walton Ford, Cabeza de Vaca, 2021 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 119 ¾ inches (152.4 × 304.2 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Cabeza de Vaca, 2021

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 119 ¾ inches (152.4 × 304.2 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Cigninota, 2020 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 120 inches (152.4 × 304.8 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Cigninota, 2020

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 120 inches (152.4 × 304.8 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, More than a Mile – The White Mountains – February 1833, 2020 Watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper, 60 × 120 inches (152.4 × 304.8 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, More than a Mile – The White Mountains – February 1833, 2020

Watercolor, gouache, ink, and pencil on paper, 60 × 120 inches (152.4 × 304.8 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Stac an Armin, 2021 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 89 ¼ × 60 ¼ inches (226.7 × 153 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Stac an Armin, 2021

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 89 ¼ × 60 ¼ inches (226.7 × 153 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Cháy, 2021 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 108 inches (152.4 × 274.3 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Cháy, 2021

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 108 inches (152.4 × 274.3 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Koolo-kamba, 2022 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 42 inches (152.4 × 106.7 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Koolo-kamba, 2022

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 42 inches (152.4 × 106.7 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Bisclavret, 2022 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 42 inches (152.4 × 106.7 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Bisclavret, 2022

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 42 inches (152.4 × 106.7 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Vespers, 2022 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 41 ¾ inches (152.4 × 106 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Vespers, 2022

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 60 × 41 ¾ inches (152.4 × 106 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Distinguished Stranger, 2022 Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 119 ½ × 60 inches (303.5 × 152.4 cm)© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Walton Ford, Distinguished Stranger, 2022

Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper, 119 ½ × 60 inches (303.5 × 152.4 cm)
© Walton Ford. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

About

The smallest fragment of source material related to natural history can evoke sweeping cinematic images.
—Walton Ford

Gagosian is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Walton Ford. Opening on March 11, 2022, this is his first exhibition with the gallery in New York.

Absorbing the techniques prevalent in scientific field studies, explorers’ notebooks, and lushly illustrated natural history books, Ford’s watercolors recast, reverse, and rearrange the conventions of wildlife art. His practice is research-driven, responding to such diverse inspirations as Hollywood horror movies, Indian fables, medieval bestiaries, colonial hunting narratives, and obscure zookeepers’ manuals. Ford’s visions are consistently of wild rather than domestic animals. His monumental paintings seek to show us what it means for such animals to live not so much in nature as in the human imagination.

Cabeza de Vaca (2021) takes its name from the sixteenth-century Spanish explorer. Shipwrecked on the Gulf Coast in 1528, he journeyed lost across the American Southwest before finally reaching Mexico City eight years later. The painting is an exploration of human fear and paranoia when faced with the unknown, the mountainous rattlesnake a dream symbol suggesting the misapprehension and trauma of first contact.

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Gagosian
Hallie Freer
hfreer@gagosian.com
+1 212 744 2313

Polskin Arts
Meagan Jones
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+1 212 593 6485

Julia Esposito
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+1 212 715 1643

News

Installation view, Walton Ford, Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York, March 11–April 23, 2022. Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever

In Conversation

New Social Environment
Cabeza de Vaca: Walton Ford

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 1pm EDT

As part of the Brooklyn Rail’s online series New Social Environment, Walton Ford joins the journal’s editor-at-large Jason Rosenfeld for a conversation about the artist’s current eponymous exhibition at Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York, as well as his practice in general. In these daily lunchtime Zoom conversations, invited artists, writers, filmmakers, and poets discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality with Brooklyn Rail staff. The talk will conclude with a poetry reading by Lee Ann Norman. To join the online event, register at brooklynrail.org.

Installation view, Walton Ford, Gagosian, 555 West 24th Street, New York, March 11–April 23, 2022. Artwork © Walton Ford. Photo: Rob McKeever