Saturday, September 22, 2012


A fair number of artists have made the most of leftovers, some of which historically resonate in their reference to 17thy century Dutch vanitas still lifes.

Vanitas paintings of the Dutch 17th century


 Dirty Dish, 1971 ceramic
Homage to Philip Guston, 1913-1980. Glazed ceramic 1981 h: 13.5 x w: 18 x d: 42.5 in. Installation of works: Kookie Dish, Oreo, and Cookie Jar. Two Bit Plate.

Billy Bates (b. Barre  Bates, New Zealand) Half-Eaten Watermelon (bronze) 

 Dan Spoerri Eat Art, 1967

As early as 1961, Spoerri had declared items of food to be works of art with the rubber stamp „Attention. Oeuvre d’art“ (in the Galerie Koepcke in Copenhagen). In 1967 he established the term "Eat Art“. With this, he did not mean the fine cuisine of famous 3-star chefs, but the examination of basic principles of human diet, thus for example: What is actually eatable?
Which plants, grains, cereals are the basis of human diet? Which forms of preparation are known worldwide? How many different versions are there of basic recipes?

Photographer Laura Letinsky (b.Canada, 1962) says "Leftovers are so overrated! and goes on to make art of what is left after eating.  She is a professor of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago

Below:Letinsky, I Can't Remember

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