- By Walton Ford Bill Buford

Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra

  • Title: Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra
  • Author: Walton Ford Bill Buford
  • ISBN: 9783822852378
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Walton Ford Pancha Tantra The sinister majesty of Walton Ford s wildlife At first glance Walton Ford s large scale highly detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of th century illustrators John James Audubon

    The sinister majesty of Walton Ford s wildlife At first glance, Walton Ford s large scale, highly detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators John James Audubon and Edward Lear, and others of the colonial era But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbingly anthropomorphic universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and allusions to thThe sinister majesty of Walton Ford s wildlife At first glance, Walton Ford s large scale, highly detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators John James Audubon and Edward Lear, and others of the colonial era But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbingly anthropomorphic universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and allusions to the operatic nature of traditional natural history themes The beasts and birds populating this contemporary artist s life size paintings are never mere objects, but dynamic actors in allegorical struggles a wild turkey crushes a small parrot in its claw a troupe of monkeys wreak havoc on a formal dinner table, an American buffalo is surrounded by bloodied white wolves The book s title derives from The Pancha Tantra, an ancient Indian book of animal tales considered the precursor to Aesop s Fables This large format edition includes an in depth exploration of Walton Ford s oeuvre, a complete biography, and excerpts from his textual inspirations Vietnamese folktales and the letters of Benjamin Franklin, the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini and Audubon s Ornithological Biography.First published in TASCHEN s limited collector s edition now available in this popular hardcover edition

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    1. Eisnein's No.1 Favorite Artist/Artbook. Check Out No.2 Right HERE. Go Nowhere At All By Clicking HERE. Gah! WTF? Monkeys with bad intentions aaaand the birds who love them. ;-)Whatever, some may be thinking, another book of 'natural history', celebrating some 19th-century stuffed-shirt aristo who fancied himself an artist and scientist while he went on his kill-happy safari rampages. Well firstly, that makes for some awesome books; but secondly, and more importantly -- that's not what this is. T [...]

    2. This artist monograph collects all the paintings Walton Ford has created over the past 25 years, and it's a massive tome of a book. Ford depicts animals from various generally harmful human perspectives, integrating symbols, jokes, as well as references to travel guides and colonial literature. Each picture tells a complex story, and the reader can spend a lot of time discovering all kinds of hidden meanings.In many cases, the depicted animals do not behave appropriate to their species, but inst [...]

    3. Eisnein's No.1 Favorite Artist/Artbook. Check Out No.2 Right HERE. Go Nowhere At All By Clicking HERE.[NOTE: This is the Revised 2nd Edition. It's a smaller version of the (roughly) 16 x 12-inch 1st edition, but it's still fairly large, at 12.5 x 10 inches. It also includes a few dozen paintings Ford has completed in the interim which is why I own both. I prefer the larger format, but this is still a great way to see his work. The review below was for the original book, but the new one is otherw [...]

    4. I can't add much of anything to Eisnein's great review. If you are at all curious just from the cover art, check out his review. I only read this and only heard of Ford because of his review, and I am grateful. I in the past year have taught a YA course, reading Gary Schmidt's Okay For Now, which features a young man's encounter with Audubon's Birds of America. I knew that work from my own youth, or thought I did. I was familiar with it as it seemed everyone was. It's Americana. It's like photog [...]

    5. My favorite, "Falling Bough" (p.170-171) Remembering Martha, the last passenger pigeon and because I love pigeons.

    6. I discovered this magnificent book several years ago in the small bookshop section of a Provincetown gallery. Initially I thought I was looking at a modern version of an Audubon book, but as I started to turn the pages, I realized that something was not quite right in the animal scenes depicted here. At the time, I had never heard of the Indian Panchatantra, so I was really not prepared for what I was seeing, and I was amazed at the intensity of those drawings. So, it was that at the next opport [...]

    7. I first saw Walton Ford's enormous and unsettling paintings at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside of Copenhagen. I was unprepared to be so overwhelmed by the drama and detail of Ford's outsized paintings, many of which also lead the viewer to confront uncomfortable scenes of orientalism and colonialism through his anthropomorphized animal characters. Nothing will equal that experience of viewing the life-size paintings, but this book comes much closer than Google Images is able to do, so [...]

    8. Well, I finally got my hands on this while browsing through a small bookshop. A massive book at a price of $70, I decided to sit down awhile and finally look through it. A beautiful book filled with Walton Ford Audubon-style paintings and prints. At first glance the pieces may seem very old-style and ordinary Audubon, but take a closer look and you will find darkness, oddities and brilliant humor. Ford is a great artist, with such an interesting perspective. I wish I could swim around in his bra [...]

    9. This artist is amazing. I had the good fortune to see one of his paintings in real life, and it's incredible to see - it was so big, and so detailed, wonderfully realistic and whimsical at the same time. I haven't read the whole book (mainly because it's very expensive, but it's certainly worth it) but I have spent hours perusing his work online, so I can imagine how great it would be to have this book in person. He's just incredible. . .

    10. Gelesen: David Levithan: Das Wörterbuch der LiebendenIn Form eines Wörterbuchs wird die Liebesgeschichte eines Paares erzählt: Die vorsichtige Annäherung, die Unsicherheiten, die Sehnsucht, die Verschränkung mit den Beziehungen der jeweiligen Freunde und Familie, Verletzungen, Betrug Sehr berührend!

    11. Just had a quick look in the store but I was really amazed. I always loved Audubon's work in its own right, but Ford adds so much color, mystery, visceral feeling and utter weirdness to his aesthetic.

    12. След поне 3 опита на Боби да ми я купи, накрая реших, че и без това струва прекалено скъпо (50 евро корична цена + още 20-25 за доставка) и я "прочетох" онлайн. Ето легален линк - taschen/lookinside/050Ами разгледайте, струва си :-)

    13. It came today. It was bigger than I expected, but I should have guessed that about Ford. If you don't know you'd better find out quick.

    14. Walton Ford is just an amazing artist and this book is actually big enough (the approximate dimensions of a backpack and a solid 3 inches thick) to show the detail in some of his larger works.

    15. What a gorgeous stunning art book. The sinister anthropomorphism, the allegory, the colors and technique! This book kinda has it all.

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