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Gastro-Vision | The Best in Food-Art 2012

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Gastro-Vision | The Best in Food-Art 2012

Writers Megan Fizzel and Andrew Russeth join Nicole Caruth for a look at the year’s best food-art projects.

Beatriz da Costa with Juan Recaman (camera), "Dying for the Other" (video still), 2011.

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Gastro-Vision | Anti-Cancer Cooking in a Post-Hurricane Sandy World

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Gastro-Vision | Anti-Cancer Cooking in a Post-Hurricane Sandy World

Nicole Caruth looks at two recent projects by Beatriz da Costa, both part of Art, Environment, Action! at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons.

Lucy + Jorge Orta, Food-Water-Life installation at Tufts University Art Gallery, 2012. Photo: Alonso Nichols, Tufts University Photography.

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Gastro-Vision | Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life

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Gastro-Vision | Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life

Nicole Caruth on Lucy + Jorge Orta, whose first major traveling exhibition “Food-Water-Life” is now up at Tufts University Art Gallery in Boston.

Lisa Meyers and Autumn Chacon's "Noise Cooking" at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Gastro-Vision | Supersonic (After Cage)

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Gastro-Vision | Supersonic (After Cage)

Nicole Caruth on Lisa Myers’ and Autumn Chacon’s sound and video show “Noise Cooking,” now on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Rainer Prohaska, "Floor Cuisine, ACF New York," 2012. Ink on paper. 16.6 x 23.4 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Gastro-Vision | Summer Round Up

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Gastro-Vision | Summer Round Up

Nicole Caruth looks at six NYC-area exhibits that provide treats for the eyes during the dog days of summer.

Edgar Degas, "L'Absinthe," 1876. Oil on canvas, 36.2 in × 26.8 in. Collection of Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

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Gastro-Vision | Absinthe and the Art World

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Gastro-Vision | Absinthe and the Art World

Nicole Caruth looks at Marc Latamie’s solo exhibition at The Americas Society, which touches on the complex cultural and somatic histories of absinthe.

Rob Carter, "Faith in a Seed," 2012. Mixed media installation. Courtesy the artist.

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Gastro-Vision | From Seeds to Sprouts, Greens Across Manhattan

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Gastro-Vision | From Seeds to Sprouts, Greens Across Manhattan

Nicole Caruth looks at current projects by Rob Carter and Jenna Spevack that re-imagine the possibilities of farming and food production.

Jacolby Satterwhite, "Country Ball 1986-2012" (video still), 2012. Courtesy of the artist, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Monya Rowe Gallery.

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Gastro-Vision | Queer Cakes for a Country Cookout

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Gastro-Vision | Queer Cakes for a Country Cookout

Jacolby Satterwhite’s multi-media project “Country Ball” merges the practices of “insider” and “outsider” artists: he incorporates drawings made by his mentally ill mother, Patricia.

Andy Warhol, "Hamburger," 1985-1986. Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 66 x 1 1/4 in.

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Gastro-Vision | Watching What You Eat

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Gastro-Vision | Watching What You Eat

In the U.S., obesity and food-related illnesses are serious problems–so do museums have a responsibility to raise issues about food?

Michael Rakowitz, "Enemy Kitchen," 2004-present. Courtesy the artist. Photo: San Francisco Chronicle/Paul Chinn.

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Gastro-Vision | Iraqi Cuisine Goes Mobile

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Gastro-Vision | Iraqi Cuisine Goes Mobile

Artist Michael Rakowitz’s “Enemy Kitchen (Food Truck)” is a roving eatery where local Iraqi cooks and US veterans of the Iraq war serve meals to the public.

David Levinthal, Untitled from the series Blackface, 1996.  20×24 Polaroid Polacolor ER Land Film, 40 x 33 ½ in (framed). Courtesy the artist and John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, New York.

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Gastro-Vision | Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her Labor

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Gastro-Vision | Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her Labor

Leigh’s exhibition at The Kitchen uses iconographic food forms–watermelon, plantains–to make ironic reference to postcolonial cultural narratives.

The first couple of hip-hop with a bottle of Ace of Spades.

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Gastro-Vision: On Bottle Poppin

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Gastro-Vision: On Bottle Poppin

Artist-designer Tahir Hemphill is gathering quirky facts about popular culture via Hip-Hop Word Count, his searchable directory of over 40,000 hip-hop songs. If you’ve ever wanted to know the education level …

Paoloa Ferrario, 19 Pictures, 22 Recipes cover, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Sue Scott Gallery.

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Gastro-Vision | Picture Perfect

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Gastro-Vision | Picture Perfect

Mainstream cookbooks tend to present a particular style of photography: food spreads done up like the models of fashion magazines. Stylized still lifes, cropped, color saturated, and Photoshopped look too perfect …

"Forrest Gump" (film still), 1994.

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Gastro-Vision | Gone Shrimping!

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Gastro-Vision | Gone Shrimping!

Forrest Gump was one of those rare films that changed the way people think about random everyday stuff, from a box of chocolates to a new pair of sneakers to …

Miriam Simun, The Lady Cheese Shop, 2011.

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Gastro-Vision | Out of the Mouths of Babes

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Gastro-Vision | Out of the Mouths of Babes

Miriam Simun’s The Lady Cheese Shop, installed at Michael Mut Gallery in New York for four days between April and May, served up three different types of cheese at its opening …

Rikrit Tiravanija, Fear Eats the Soul (soup kitchen), 2011. Courtesy Gavin Brown's Enterprise.

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Gastro-Vision | On Soup

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Gastro-Vision | On Soup

Rare is the occasion when people talk about food in art without someone uttering (or at least thinking) the name Rirkrit Tiravanija. Known as “the artist who cooks,” Tiravanija began to eschew …

Courtesy The Boston Tree Party.

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Gastro-Vision: How Do You Like These Apples?

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Gastro-Vision: How Do You Like These Apples?

Any mention of The Boston Tea Party today is likely to evoke thoughts of the current political movement, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin. That might soon change with the urban …

Martha Rosler, Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975. Video.

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Gastro-Vision: Martha Rosler’s Kitchen Mise-en-Scène

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Gastro-Vision: Martha Rosler’s Kitchen Mise-en-Scène

In 2003, the Whitechapel Gallery in London invited Martha Rosler to recreate her classic video Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975) as a live performance. She accepted the invitation by holding …

Martin Parr,

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Gastro-Vision: The Best in Food-Art 2010

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Gastro-Vision: The Best in Food-Art 2010

From cotton candy rooms to painterly cakes, meaty dresses to pork rind sculpture, pickle portraiture to animated toast, this year was chock-full of good “food-art” — food inspired by art …

M2A™ Diagram. Courtesy of the artist.

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Gastro-Vision: Food and Technology in an Art Lab

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Gastro-Vision: Food and Technology in an Art Lab

Last month, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York turned their main exhibition space into X-Lab, a “living” work space where the public can interact with Eyebeam’s fellows and …

Paul Shore and Nicole Root, "De Maria Earthroom," 2007. Courtesy of the artists.

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Contemporary Sculpture, How Sweet It Is

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Contemporary Sculpture, How Sweet It Is

Has Walter de Maria’s New York Earth Room ever made you crave brownies? Have you ever noticed how much Andy Goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall looks like a meandering Payday candy …

Tom Wesselmann, "Still Life #30", 1963. Oil, enamel and synthetic polymer paint on composition board with collage of printed advertisements, plastic flowers, refrigerator door, plastic replicas of 7-Up bottles, glazed and framed color reproduction, and stamped metal, 48 1/2 x 66 x 4 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson. © 2010 Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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Gastro-Vision: Back in the Kitchen

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Gastro-Vision: Back in the Kitchen

The Museum of Modern Art could not have picked a better moment to mount Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, an exhibition about the changing aesthetics and politics of …

Sharon Core, Early American, Still Life with Vegetables, 200?

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Gastro-Vision: Eating Your Vegetables Is a Luxury

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Gastro-Vision: Eating Your Vegetables Is a Luxury

Gastro-Vision launched last August with a two-part post about the trend in urban farming. Interest in sustainable and local food practices continues to spread among creative types and appears to …

Matthew Albanese, “Salt Water Falls,” mixed media, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist.

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The Nature of Art: Let’s Situate Ourselves

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The Nature of Art: Let’s Situate Ourselves

Get to the root of the matter. Plant an idea. Sow the seeds. Call it what you will — the environment, biosphere, landscape, wilderness, terra firma, mother earth, etc. — but nothing …

Bill Owens, "We're really happy. Our kids are healthy, we eat good food and we have a...", 1971 (printed 1977). Gelatin silver print, 6 5/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. Collection SFMOMA, Gift of John Berggruen. © Bill Owens.

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Gastro-Vision: Feeding Suburbia

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Gastro-Vision: Feeding Suburbia

In the early 1970s, Bill Owens began to document the suburban boom in the California Bay Area. Every Saturday for a year, he photographed middle-class Americans in and around their …

Annie Leibovitz, "Louise Bourgeois", date unknown. Image via Flickr.

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Bourgeois the Artist, Bourgeois the Cook

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Bourgeois the Artist, Bourgeois the Cook

The passing of Louise Bourgeois (Season 1) naturally prompted a host of critics to reflect on her life and artwork. They have written of her famed sculptures and textiles, recurring …

Jennifer Rubell, Andy Warhol Piñata, 2010. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum.

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Gastro-Vision: Whack! Contemporary Artists and Piñatas

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Gastro-Vision: Whack! Contemporary Artists and Piñatas

The much-talked-about Andy Warhol piñata, created by Jennifer Rubell for last month’s Brooklyn Ball, offered a witty art spin on an old party tradition. Instead of the usual candy contents, …

Dustin Wayne Harris, "Stephanie", 2009. Courtesy Heist Gallery.

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Gastro-Vision: On Cake

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Gastro-Vision: On Cake

My love of cake straddles the line between innocent obsession and utter perversion. I tend to think of cakes like my favorite celebrity bodies. Be it big and firm like …

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Gastro-Vision: In the Land of Plenty

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Gastro-Vision: In the Land of Plenty

Mr. Creosote, the morbidly obese character of the 1983 comedy Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, is a picture of gluttony never to be forgotten. Upon taking his seat in …

Christina Mazzalupo, "Countdown: Week 1", 2009. Ink and watercolor on paper. Courtesy Mixed Greens.

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Gastro-Vision: Stomachache

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Gastro-Vision: Stomachache

Food diaries — daily records of everything one eats and drinks — are strange and fascinating objects. For nutritionists and dietitians, they are useful tools in determining a person’s eating habits …

Fallen Fruit Collective, "Elysian Park", 2005. Giclee print. 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy the artists.

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The Fruit of Experience

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The Fruit of Experience

Fallen Fruit Collective formed six years ago through a project by artists David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young for the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The trio created a …

Pilar Yolacan, "??", 2009. Courtesy the artist.

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Gastro-Vision: The Year in Meat

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Gastro-Vision: The Year in Meat

Last year’s group exhibition Meat After Meat Joy at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery left a lasting impression on me — I still can’t shake the suffocating, putrid smell of rotting meat. …

AntiDiets of the Avant-Garde cover art, 2010. University of Minnesota Press.

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Antidiets of the Avant-Garde

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Antidiets of the Avant-Garde

Some 30 years after the Italian poet and founder of the Futurist movement Filippo Tommaso Marinetti wrote The Futurist Cookbook (1932) and proposed a revolution in food, the European avant-garde …

"Yours in Food, John Baldessari" Book Jacket. Princeton Architectural Press, 2004.

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Gastro-Vision: Breaking Bread

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Gastro-Vision: Breaking Bread

Gastro-Vision is a new monthly column dedicated to all things food in contemporary art and visual culture. This month’s post also falls under the Flash Points topic, Systems. Yours in …

Yara El-Sherbini, "A Pub Quiz", 2009. Live art, duration 60 minutes. Performance at Fiddlesticks Pub, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects

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Gastro-Vision: Art of the Pub

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Gastro-Vision: Art of the Pub

Gastro-Vision is a new monthly column dedicated to all things food in contemporary art and visual culture. Yara El-Sherbini has used pubs as a site for her work for the …

Atom Cianfarani, Sketch for "Welcomed Guests," 2009. Courtesy of the artist.

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Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part II

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Gastro-Vision: Aesthetics of Urban Farming, Part II

I closed Part 1 of this post with an e-mail from Truck Farmers Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney in which they encouraged others to reclaim unused open spaces in New …