Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine

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Food has always been an important source of knowledge about culture and society.  Art and Appetite takes a fascinating new look at depictions of food in American art, demonstrating that artistic representations of edibles offer thoughtful reflection on the cultural, political, economic, and social moments in which they were created. Artists used food as prism through which they could celebrate and critique their society, expressing ideas relating to politics, race, class, and gender.  With a focus that ...

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Overview

Food has always been an important source of knowledge about culture and society.  Art and Appetite takes a fascinating new look at depictions of food in American art, demonstrating that artistic representations of edibles offer thoughtful reflection on the cultural, political, economic, and social moments in which they were created. Artists used food as prism through which they could celebrate and critique their society, expressing ideas relating to politics, race, class, and gender.  With a focus that ranges from Colonial still lifes of the 18th century through the Pop artists of the 20th century, this lively publication investigates the many interpretations of eating in America.

Art and Appetite features still-life and trompe l'oeil painting, sculpture, and other works by such celebrated artists as John Singleton Copley, Raphaelle Peale, Lilly Martin Spencer, William Michael Harnett, William Merritt Chase, Elizabeth Paxton, Norman Bel Geddes, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, Wayne Thiebaud, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. Essays by leading experts address topics including the horticultural and botanical underpinnings of still-life painting, the history of alcohol consumption in the United States, the cultural history of Thanksgiving, and the commercialization of food in the world of Pop art. In addition to the images and essays, this book includes a selection of vintage recipes for all-American dishes.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
The Art Institute of Chicago has brought together a comprehensive exhibition and catalog analyzing the use of food in American art (the show ran through January in Chicago and will be on display at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, TX, this spring). The catalog is filled with color illustrations and informative essays exploring the interactions between art and appetite in American still life and genre painting. Editors Barter, Annelise K. Madsen, Sarah Kelly Oehler, and Ellen E. Roberts, all curators at the Art Institute, contributed their expertise to the educational essays on, for example, renowned artists such as John Singleton Copley, Edward Hopper, Lilly Martin Spencer, Alice Neel, and Norman Rockwell. The food recipes at the end of each chapter representing the illustrations and era featured are reproduced from a variety of sources ranging from the early 1800s to the present. In addition, the Art Institute partnered with a variety of Chicago's culinary greats to create a charming online cookbook (http://extras.artic.edu/artandappetite). VERDICT A delightful compendium of both art and food dishes to celebrate eating in American art and culture. The recipes only add to the fun.—Sandra Knowles, South Carolina State Lib., Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300196238
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 688,554
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith A. Barter is the Field-McCormick Chair and Curator, Department of American Art, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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