Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine (Art Institute of Chicago)

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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 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.

Product Details

  • Series: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Art Institute of Chicago (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300196237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300196238
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds

Customer Reviews

Lovely book about a wonderful exhibition!

 on October 25, 2017
By socalcritic
Great book!! Nice quality images and great info.

Fantastic read!

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2014
By S. Johnson
This book is filled with interesting information about food through the ages and has quirky and interesting recipes to boot. It makes you thankful for all that modern convenience provides and appreciative of the burdens our families bore in getting food on the table. The images are exceptional tie ins to the focus of art throughout the timelines and inspire me to ‘look’ at food differently.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on May 4, 2015
By Nancy Hathaway
Simply lovely

5 Stars!

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 16, 2013
Beautiful book that accompanied an excellent exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute. Worth seeing the exhibit too if you happen to be in Chicago.

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