Cooking Up Some Art
In this final library post of 2015, we bring you two very different publications that look at two of life’s greatest pleasures: food and art. Whilst both are centered around the passion for art and exhibitions, one looks at the people behind the exhibitions and the process behind curating a contemporary art exhibition, whilst the other is all about the food at New York's finest private gallery dinners.
Talking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith, Independent Curators International
Following on from his 2012 publication Thinking Contemporary Curating in 2012, Terry Smith is now not just thinking about curating but he is also talking about it too. Interviews with renowned international curators such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Claire Bishop, Zoe Butt, Germano Celant, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann to name but a few, make up the entire content of the book that centers solely around exhibition-making. Taking a magnifying glass to what some might see as a mammoth subject, Smith’s investigatory-yet-informative way of interviewing casts a much needed light on an area of the art world, diving into questions such as the relation between the public and art, the methods of the practice, and the critical thinking behind contemporary curating.
Cooking for Artists by Mina Stone, Kiito-San
One of the hit books of 2015, Cooking for Artists follows chef Mina Stone and her delicious recipes as she cooks for private gallery dinners in the New York art world. Stone has been preparing bestoke lunches at Swiss artist Urs Fischer’s Brooklyn studio for the past five years, as well as being the chef to hire for the top art events and private gallery dinners that the big apple hosts. The book, designed by Fisher himself, features over 70 of Stone’s family-style recipe’s that all draw from her Greek heritage and love for healthy eating. If that didn’t wet your buds enough, this cute book is also packed full of illustrations from Hope Atherton, Darren Bader, Matthew Barney, Alex Eagleton, Urs Fischer, Cassandra MacLeod, Elizabeth Peyton and Rob Pruitt to name just a few. We bet those soggy looking canapé’s at your local gallery opening aren’t looking so great now...