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Art and appetite : American painting, culture, and cuisine / edited by Judith A. Barter ; with essays by Judith A. Barter, Annelise K. Madsen, Sarah Kelly Oehler, and Ellen E. Roberts.


  • ISBN: 9780300196238 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0300196237 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780865592612 (softcover)
  • ISBN: 0865592616 (softcover)
  • Description: 248 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chicago : The Art Institute of Chicago, [2013]

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Gloucester Adult New Books New 704.9496413/Art (Text to phone) Checked out 08/04/2014
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Content descriptions

General Note: "Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title organized by and presented at the Art Institute of Chicago from November 3, 2013 to January 20, 2014."
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: Food for thought: American art and eating / Judith A. Barter -- Thanksgiving: The great American food fest / Judith A. Barter -- "The symmetry of nature": Horticulture and the roots of American still-life painting / Judith A. Barter and Annelise K. Madden -- Recipes for refinement: Art and sociability in the mid-nineteenth Century / Annelise K. Madden -- Drunkards and teetotalers: Alcohol and still-life painting / Judith A. Barter -- Matters of taste: Trompe l'Oeil and the politics of food / Judith A. Barter -- Anxious consumption: Paintings of food at the turn of the twentieth century / Ellen E. Roberts -- From tabletop to table: Food and eating in the modern era / Sarah Kelly Oehler -- Convenience: Pop, production, and the making of art in the 1960s / Sarah Kelly Oehler.
Summary: "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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Barter, Judith A., 1951- editor of compilation. (Added Author). Madsen, Annelise K. (Added Author). Oehler, Sarah Kelly. (Added Author). Roberts, Ellen E. (Added Author). Barter, Judith A., 1951- Thanksgiving. (Added Author). Art Institute of Chicago. (Added Author).