Monday, February 27, 2017




Bernard Jaubert
Three Outta Five

Published reference
Des carottes!, from Les Petits Mordent, Masques et Visages, plate 8, bound in Oeuvres Nouvelles, vol. II
Paul Gavarni [Chevalier]
(French, Paris 1804–1866 Paris) 


The Vegetable Market, 1662

Image result for sorgh de groenmarkt vegetable marketPublished reference
Des carottes!, from Les Petits Mordent, Masques et Visages, plate 8, bound in Oeuvres Nouvelles, vol. II
Paul Gavarni [Chevalier]
(French, Paris 1804–1866 Paris)

              van Schendel, Petrus  Buying fruits and vegetables at the Night market, 1863   Image result for sorgh de groenmarkt vegetable market

Acrimboldo, Giuseppe (b. Milano,1526 -1593) The Vegetable Gardener, 1587-1590
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Joaquim Buckelaer  The Vegetable Market  17th cent

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 Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

His opera premiered at the Théâtre de la Gaîté on 15 January 1872.[1] The first run lasted 195 performances,[2] making a daily profit of 3,000 francs, and introducing Anna Judic in a principal operetta role.[3]
Offenbach, Jacques   (b. Cologne, 1819 - 1880)    Opera poster: "King Carrot" , 1872

Chang, Warren  (b. 1957, Monterey County, CA)Onion Field at dusk

Onion Field at Dusk by Warren Chang Oil ~ 24" x 28"

Jeremy Lavender, Fruit and Vegetable
Stand, Jamaica, Bahamas

Fruits & Vegetables Stand on Prince Charles Drive in Nassau, The Bahamas by Jeremy Lavender Photography

Scott Mueller, San Antonio, Texas  Deep Roots


Warren Chang, Celery Harvest, Monterey, CA

Celery Harvest by Warren Chang Oil ~ 30" x 40"

Backhaus, Jessica   Carrots by the Sink, 2004

                                                                                                 1940s WW ll poster  "Dr. Carrot"


Mitchell, Ed Carrot postcard (Southern Pacific Flat car)

Miller, Larry  (b. 1944, USA. Fluxus) Carrot piece 197074 Greene Street NYC

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Why, yes. We do have two children who won’t eat their vegetables.

Klaus Pichler (b. 1977, Vienna, Austria)   Decomposing Tomatoes

Imogene Cunningham  (b. Oregon, 1883-1972) Carrot, 1940


 Jackson, Lauren Carrot Soft Sculpture

Korean political poster supports eating fresh vegetables (no date)

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Richon, Olivier (b. Lausanne, Switzerland, 1956)  Carrot

Alejando ChilletImage result for vegetables in american art installations


Image result for vegetables in american art installations Liu Bolin, Installation

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Refrigerator and the Icebox: An Artistic Food Thing

                                                                   Roy Lichtenstein, 1961

The Artist at the Table


Peter Saul, Icebox, 1934

Mar 2, 2017

F Minus by Tony Carrillo for Mar 1, 2017 | Read Comic Strips at ...

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)

PICKLES cartoon, March 2, 2017

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
Hirst, Betty   Meat after Meat Joy