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Birds of a Feather: John Costin and John James Audubon
March 24 - June 24, 2012
John James Audubon
and John Costin, while separated by roughly two centuries, both produced
spectacular portfolios recording the splendor of American birds. This exhibition
at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts pairs images of species featured in Costin's
Large Florida Birds project with the corresponding work by Audubon. Costin's
portfolio is a recent donation to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts collection
from Brent Garback and Linda Tremblay. The Audubon prints are from the 1971
Theatrum, Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam, reprint of the original Birds of
America publication, and are on loan from Kalamazoo College. The portfolio
was a gift to Kalamazoo College's A.M. Todd Rare Book Room collection by
Mrs. Merrill Taylor. The exhibition was sponsored by the Olin & Muriel
Prather Charitable Foundation, Trustee Thomas T. Huff.
(above: John Costin, Anhinga, 1995, hand-colored etching. © John Costin)
(above: John James Audubon, Black-bellied Darter, (Plotus
anhinga), 1836, etching reproduced as lithograph 1971)
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