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Art and appetite : American painting, culture, and cuisine

Edition statement:First edition. Physical details: 248 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; ISBN:9780300196238 (hardback).
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"Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibition dates: The Art Institute of Chicago, November 12, 2013, to January 27, 2014; Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas, February 22 to May 18, 2014."

" 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 the artists' representations of edibles offer thoughtful reflection on the cultural, political, economic, and social moments in which they were created. Using food as an emblem, artists were able to both celebrate and critique their society, expressing ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce. Focusing on the late 18th century through the Pop artists of the 20th century, this lively publication investigates the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America. Richly illustrated, Art and Appetite features still life and trompe l'oeil painting, sculpture, and other works by such celebrated artists as William Merritt Chase, John Singleton Copley, Elizabeth Paxton, Norman Bel Geddes, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, Wayne Thiebaud, Roy Lichtenstein, and many more. Essays by leading experts address topics including the horticultural and botanical underpinnings of still-life paintings, the history of alcohol consumption in the United States, Thanksgiving, and food in the world of Pop art. In addition to the images and essays, this book includes a selection of 18th- and 19th-century recipes for all-American dishes including molasses cake, stewed terrapin, rice blancmange, and roast calf's head. "--