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Out of the Wild: Animals in Contemporary Art

May 12, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Gallery 9

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Animals have occupied an important place in art throughout history. Inspired by works in the Gibbes permanent collection and several private collections, Out of the Wild: Animals in Contemporary Art showcases works by three contemporary American artists, William Dunlap, Walton Ford, and Grainger McKoy. Working in a variety of media, these artists employ animal imagery to explore contemporary culture, and humans evolving relationship to the natural world. While their works celebrate the form and natural beauty of both wild and domestic species, the artists also examine political, social, psychological, and spiritual themes.

<i>Benjamin's Emblem</i>, 2000, By Walton Ford (American, b. 1960), Color etching, aquatint, spit-bite, and drypoint on paper. On loan courtesy of a private collection.

Benjamin's Emblem, 2000, By Walton Ford (American, b. 1960), Color etching, aquatint, spit-bite, and drypoint on paper. On loan courtesy of a private collection.

<i>Black Skimmer</i>, 1983, By Grainger McKoy (American, b. 1947), Basswood, walnut, polychrome and oil. On loan courtesy of The Rivers Collection. Image courtesy of the artist.

Black Skimmer, 1983, By Grainger McKoy (American, b. 1947), Basswood, walnut, polychrome and oil. On loan courtesy of The Rivers Collection. Image courtesy of the artist.

<i>Landscape and Variable: Hide and Seek/Hunt and Hoard</i>, 2008, By William Dunlap (American, b. 1944), Polymer paint, ink, dry pigment and gold leaf, Museum purchase with funds provided by gifts from Mrs. Elizabeth W. Ellis, Mr. Edward Von Siebold Dingle and Mrs. Josephine Nelson, 2008.002.

Landscape and Variable: Hide and Seek/Hunt and Hoard, 2008, By William Dunlap (American, b. 1944), Polymer paint, ink, dry pigment and gold leaf, Museum purchase with funds provided by gifts from Mrs. Elizabeth W. Ellis, Mr. Edward Von Siebold Dingle and Mrs. Josephine Nelson, 2008.002.