Sunday, October 30, 2016


Brad Caplis (b.  Michigan)  It takes Two to Sizzle, 2008 

Anita Vasko  Egg Box


Averey Palmer   (Surrealism)

 Ulo Llmar Sooster (b. Estonia, 1924 - 1970)) Eye in the Egg


Arpita Singh (India)
Ghada  egg sculpture, India

Wang, Youqing

Will Barnet

                                    Will Barnet  Soft Boiled Eggs, 1946
Ansel Adams, Still Life with Egg Slicer, 1946

Imogene Cunningham  Three Eggs, 1928
Cunningham  Egg Slicer

Ed Weston Eggs and Slicer

                      Banksy Chicken Eating Fried Egg from Pan  (street art)
Jasper Johns
Splash, Spatter,
                                                                                           Jasper Johns

  Kent Bellows, Dirty Dishes with Egg

Wang Uqine  Fried Egg

Edith Dimock Ladies with Eggs

The Refrigerator and the Icebox: An Artistic Food Thing

                                                                   Roy Lichtenstein, 1961

The Artist at the Table


Peter Saul, Icebox, 1934

Brad Crane

Tinmouth, Brad   Rotating Frig


                                                                  Mark  Leckey, 2010

     Bliss, Harry, cartoon artist (b. Rochester, NY, 1964)
Wesselmann, Tom (b. Cincinnati, Ohio,1931- 1977 ) -Still Life, no 30, 1962

Tiny House Refrigerator (advertisement)

This Is Just To Say (poem)

William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963 Born: September 17, 1883, Rutherford, NJ
Died: March 4, 1963, Rutherford, NJ

 I have eaten

the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Poem on the Fridge

by Paul Hostovsky (b. 1959) 2014

The refrigerator is the highest honor
a poem can aspire to. The ultimate
publication. As close to food as words
can come. And this refrigerator poem
is honored to be here beneath its own
refrigerator magnet, which feels like a medal
pinned to its lapel. Stop here a moment
and listen to the poem humming to itself,
like a refrigerator itself, the song in its head
full of crisp, perishable notes that wither in air,
the words to the song lined up here like
a dispensary full of indispensable details:
a jar of corrugated green pickles, an array
of headless shrimp, fiery maraschino cherries,
a fruit salad, veggie platter, assortments of
cheeses and chilled French wines, a pink
bottle of amoxicillin: the poem is infectious.
It's having a party. The music, the revelry,
is seeping through this white door.

"Poem on the Fridge" by Paul Hostovsky from Selected Poems. © Futurecycle Press, 2014. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)

Lux, Thomas POEM
Born: December 10, 1946 (age 69), Northampton, MA

poet Thomas Lux Lux
Refrigerator, 1957 - Poem by Thomas Lux
 More like a vault -- you pull the handle out
and on the shelves: not a lot,
and what there is (a boiled potato
in a bag, a chicken carcass
under foil) looking dispirited,
drained, mugged. This is not
a place to go in hope or hunger.
But, just to the right of the middle
of the middle door shelf, on fire, a lit-from-within red,
heart red, sexual red, wet neon red,
shining red in their liquid, exotic,
aloof, slumming
in such company: a jar
of maraschino cherries. Three-quarters
full, fiery globes, like strippers
at a church social. Maraschino cherries, maraschino,
the only foreign word I knew. Not once
did I see these cherries employed: not
in a drink, nor on top
of a glob of ice cream,
or just pop one in your mouth. Not once.
The same jar there through an entire
childhood of dull dinners -- bald meat,
pocked peas and, see above,
boiled potatoes. Maybe
they came over from the old country,
family heirlooms, or were status symbols
bought with a piece of the first paycheck
from a sweatshop,
which beat the pig farm in Bohemia,
handed down from my grandparents
to my parents
to be someday mine,
then my child's?
They were beautiful
and, if I never ate one,
it was because I knew it might be missed
or because I knew it would not be replaced
and because you do not eat

 that which rips your heart with joy. 

A Joke acceptable for mixed company:

    Three men appear before St. Peter at the gates of heaven. St. Peter says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, but Heaven is very full right now and we're only taking people who died tragic deaths." 
   The first man says, "I died a very tragic death. I found out my wife was cheating on me and I decided to catch her at it. So, I left work early and came home. I could hear them in there as I unlocked the door, but by the time I got in, the guy wasn't there. In a rage, I was searching all over the apartment when I saw a pair of hands holding on to the window sill. So, I started beating at his hands but he wouldn't let go. Finally, I picked up a hammer and hit him on the knuckles until he let go and fell 5 stories. But, he landed in a huge bush and he was starting to get up. I couldn't believe it! I ran into the kitchen, picked up the refrigerator and threw it out the window. In the process, though, I had a heart attack and died."

    St. Peter says, "You're right, that is very tragic. Go on in." The second man says, "My story is even worse. I was working out on the balcony of my apartment when I lost my balance and fell over the edge. Luckily, I caught a window sill and I was hanging on for dear life when a crazy man came over and starting hitting my hands with his fists and a hammer. I fell, but luckily, I landed in a huge bush and it broke my fall. I was just starting to get up when I looked up and saw a refrigerator coming down at me. And that's the last thing I remember." 

Rockwell, Norman 
Salesman makes a  Pitch to an Eskimo

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


The Artist at the Table


Jeff Koons's installation,  COLORING BOOK

Discussed and illustrated in The New York Times, October 4, 2016, p C1
by Daniel McDermon:

"Art installations have long been a requirement for developers who want to show off their panache and good taste."

Also referred to as a "sculpture, Koons's recent creation was unveiled outside the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA.

Art pieces (some will be mixed work from different artists as well as installations) will soon appear at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA, the Dallas Cowboys' A&T Stadium in 2009, and Vikings' US Bank Stadium for the Vikings, in Minneapolis, MN.

Front row installation artists like Jenny Holzer (See her picnic table in INSTALLATIONS post). The forerunner of this trend was The Dallas Cowboys' A&T Stadium in 2009.

Falcon by  at the Atlanta site


Also, check out PAUL FRIEDMAN'S book, Ten Restaurants that Changed America," as reviewed in ther New Yorker. September, 19, 2016.  The book's reviewer is JANE KRAMER.
                                         The accompanying illustration (above) is by Greg Clarke.

The old Delmonico's 1900-1920. Friedman rates it the best, numero uno.  Caleb Carr's novel The Alienist describes many a hearty meal there. Mark Twain loved it, too. Below he celebrates his his birthday circa 1900

                              Horse-drawn carriages line up for restaurant resevations.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

RAW MEAT blog post in progress

Pechler, Klaus Molding Tomatoes

Pechler, Klaus  (b. Germany,  ) Decaying Chicken (Above: Molding Tomatoes)

We are discussing Pichler’s project, “One Third,” which was sparked in 2011 by a U.N. survey on global food waste. No matter how rich or poor the country, the report found, one-third of food produced for human consumption goes to waste, due to factors such as consumer decisions and lack of distribution channels, while over nine hundred million people are starving.

“It was like a chemistry set for grown-ups,” he laughs.

When they were at their most photogenically putrid—some things required multiple attempts to catch before the slide into visual oblivion—he placed the items against an elegant backdrop, elaborately staging them for their final portrait. An exercise in deceptive beauty. A contrast to Warhol's canned goods or


Sterbak, Jana, Met chair, Sculpture. 

 This piece was meant to include the viewer in many different ways. Not only is it something that would make any normal person sick at the sight of it, but as the meat starts to decay it attacks the viewers noses with the repulsive smell. In Chair Apollinaire, Sterkbak is displaying decay. We see decay everywhere such as chairs slowly falling apart and books falling off their spines, both of which are slow processes of decay. In the way that Sterkbak has attached fresh meat to the chair, the viewer can see the meat decay and smell it as well at a faster pace.


 Fernandez, Franc (b. Argentina, 1986)

Designed by Franc Fernandez and styled by Nicola Formichetti, the dress was condemned by animal rights groups, and named by Time as the top fashion statement of 2010.

Lady Gaga's Meat Shoes   (See MARC RYDEN)

But it might surprise you to learn that Gaga's meat wasn't thrown straight into the food recycling as soon as the singer was finished draping it over her private areas, and in fact, the dress still exists today.
Lady Gaga loaned her meaty ensemble - boots and all - to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who have the outfit on display in their Women Who Rock exhibition.

Linder Sterling (born 1954) is an English visual artist, performance artist and musician from Liverpool. She spent her teen years in Manchester. She also uses the single name "Linder".

Ward, James  (b. 1769 - 1859, UK)  The Pig Butcher (Illuminated medieval manuscript)

Connolly, Robert 1979 2-pc Salami Suit


Meese, Jonathan (b. Germany 1970)  Situation ("We confront our meatness.)

 Rivera, Gabriela    Meat Masks

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Just Eating & Drinking and Art

Just Eating and Drinking and Art

Shukir, Mohammed   (b. Maylasia 1969) Open House. Sold



Right: Evelyn Axell (b. 1935, Namur, Belgium - 2010) Ice Cream, 1964

 Edward  Hopper, (b, Nyack,NY 1882 - 1967) A Table for Ladies, 1930

Every art work that strongly uses food symbolically, foregrounds food, or otherwise links food to significant issues, is open for discussion.  Here, we explore a wide variety of techniques, style, and subject matter chosen by artists. In addition, we see varieties with the work of individual artists [see Wesselmann, below].


Lassry, Elad  (b.Tel Aviv, Israel, 1977 ) Reposteria


 John Giorno (b. NYC, 1936), minimalist, using found imagery and texts in collage. Influenced by Warhol , William S. Burroughs, and Robert Rauschenburg.

Lawrence Weiner (b. Bronx, NY, 1942) Apples and Eggs Salt and Pepper, 1999.  His work is often labeled "conceptual art".

Libsohn, Sol  (1914 - 2001) Waitress, 1930s
                   Good example of black and white sociological art/documentary art during the Depression.

Wesselman, Tom  (b. 1924 -  2004) Untitled),


 Wesselmann's technique:

 "Still Life #20" combines elements as diverse as advertising images, an actual faucet and kitchen cabinet, and a reproduction of a painting by De Stijl art movement painter Piet Mondrian." [Wikipedia [4][5][6]


 Jankel Adler (Tuszyn, Girl at a Table, 1947   
(b.Tuszyn, a suburb of Łódź. 1895 - 1949) Trained as an engraver

   Certain fiction masterworks also use food as a particularly strong message. Examples include Bram Stoker's Dracula (1889), Thomas Mann's Budenbrooks, Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Caleb Carr's The Alienist, Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust, Coraghessan's The Tortilla Curtain, Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory", in Breakfast at Tiffany's,1953, and Jonathan Grimwood's Last Banquet (2013). Wemust include lighter works, like Peter Mayle's Provence novels or Alan Furst's espionage stories (the Braserrie Heineger is always visited and the lobster is always delicious) which often examine real restaurants and cafes in order to establish verisimilitude. These and other titles are found in the Food Bibliography.

                                      ABOVE: Braserrie Heininger, 5-7, Rue de la Bastille, Paris

    But visual culture, its various media, is more quickly recognized, though its function is not always clear. 
                                            Mike Baldwin, cartoonist  (b. Ontario,Canada, 1954) "Man Cornered"


Japanese image of breastfeeding, 1700s
[artist unknown]
Breast feeding, religious or secular, constitutes a large part of global art throughout  human history.


 Hillerbrand, Stephen+Magsaman, Mary (b. Denver, CO and Durham, NC)    Ready to Eat

   Food in the Arts attempts several things:

1  To broaden your familiarity with works of art in general; classics and moderns, photographs,art installations and sculpture, abstract art, and of course, film, musc and literature

2.  Once you have met and examined artists and their works, you discover information in depth through your browser, as you peruse the artist's biography and learn about the era in which the art piece was created (Neolithic, Renaissance, Soviet Realism, abstract expressionifm, or Pop art). Occasionally. you will discover the artist's work in more than one medium. Moreover, many artists are noted here in several categories.

3. Link artists', biography, era and locale,and you will discover meaning, message and the techniques or styles of art.

Below, Francisco Goya's
    Two Old Men Eating, 1820,  leads to political events in 19th century Spain, particularly war and famine.   

    And Charles Ebbet's famous Skyscraper Lunch, 1932, workers posed on the early structure of Rockefeller Center, NYC, uncovers stories of Irish immigration, the vertical growth of the city, the spirit of an expanding metropolis, and the madness of photographers.  

Ebbets, Charles C.  Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, 1932

Charles Clyde Ebbets (August 18, 1905 – July 14, 1978) was an American photographer, born in August 18, 1905 in Gadsden, Alabama

  Film: Men at Lunch Men at Lunch (2012)  The story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Director: Seán Ó Cualáin

Lee Russell.  Japanese-Americans Preparing Picnic Lunch PICNIC, San Benito, CA, 1940s



William Glackens, Soda Fountain, 1935

Lhote, Andre ( b. Bordeaux, France  1885-1962)  The Sailors' Meal, 1914

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Morrris Engel, (b. Brooklyn,NY, 1918 - 2005) Harlem Merchant, 1937

                                                                                                              Machado, Juarez (b. Brazil, 1941) BBQ in Paris

  JACOB LAWRENCE  (b.Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1917 - 2000)  BBQ
      Home Chores, 1945

Leger, Ferdinand  Petit Desjourner (Breakfast)

    Limbourg 1412  Northern Renaissance Book of Hours

Limbourg brothers, Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Larsen, Mernet   (b. Houghton, MI, 1940) Coffee

Mernet Larsen  

Lee, Russell  Men of  Pie Town, TX
LEE Cafe interior, Junction, Texas

                                Caudill Family Xmas dinner, Texas

Bruegel the Elder  Big Fish Eat Little 

Bruegel the Elder, Pieter (b. 1525 – 1569) Big Fish Eat Little Fish, 1556

Martin Manser:  The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs (2002):
big fish eat little fish: Small organizations or insignificant people tend to be swallowed up or destroyed by those that are greater and more powerful ... The proverb was first recorded in a text dating from before 1200. In Shakespeare's play Pericles (2:1), the following exchange occurs between two fishermen: "'Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.' 'Why, as men do a-land—the great ones eat up the little ones?"

Joseph DeLaney   Last Supper

Bearden, Romare  (b. The Family Eating, 1993. Collage


       Urban Roman Women and Men at Dinner

Nataliya Nesterova,(b. Moscow, 1944) Ordering Lunch, 1993

Nataliya Goncharova Feasting with Peasants

Glen Baxter, cartoonist

Cranach the Elder (b. 1472 - 1553)

Cranach set the scene in a German landscape, with the city of Wittenberg in the background.
Glen Baxter Judith dines with the enemy warlord Holofernes. He is impressed by her beauty and feels a strong desire for her. He drinks too much wine, so that later in his tent he promptly falls asleep. In the museum in Gotha is another panel of similar size where Cranach depicted what happened in the tent.

Lucas Cranach the Elder (b.1472-1553) Picnic with Holofernes

Cranach the Elder, Last Supper

                Rubin, Reuvin,, The Milk Man (a popular figure in Jewish folklore, as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof.")
  Reuven Rubin (Hebrew: ראובן רובין‎‎; November 13, 1893 – October 13, 1974) was a Romanian-born Israeli painter and Israel's first ambassador to Romania.[1]

  Tevye the Dairyman ([ˈtɛvjə], Yiddish: טבֿיה דער מילכיקערTevye der milkhiker, Hebrew: טוביה החולב) is the fictional narrator and protagonist of a series of short stories by Sholem Aleichem, originally written in Yiddish, and first published in 1894. The character is best known from the fictional memoir Tevye and his Daughters (also called Tevye's Daughters, Tevye the Milkman or Tevye the Dairyman) as a pious Jewish milkman in Tsarist Russia with six troublesome daughters:[a] Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, Bielke, and Teibel. He is also known from the musical dramatic adaptation of Tevye and His Daughters, Fiddler on the Roof. The Village of Boyberik, where the stories are set, is based on the town of Boyarka in Ukraine (then part of the Russian Empire) [Wikipedia].

 Field hand eats lunch with his boss

German Airline Food 
Service in  Junkers, 1938

Szyk, Arthur (b. Poland b. 1894 – 1951, a

aka SZYK Artur (Arthur),Wlodzimierz Krzyzanowski) Virulent anti-Nazi illustrator


Spoerri, Daniel  Left Overs from a Hungarian Meal, 1963
                                       Spoerri   Eaten Partly,1979