Impressionism, Cubism, Minimalism... Food-ism? The creative ferment bringing together winemakers, cooks and artists is producing stunning paintings, mixed-media desserts and eye-catching wine bottles.

September 01, 2011

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Food Artists: Edible Art

Photo © Antonis Achilleos

Museum-Quality Cookies

Ginkgo trees in San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art sculpture garden inspired leaf cookies by in-house pastry chef Caitlin Williams Freeman.

Green Tea Sablés

Saffron Sablés

© John Cullen

A Perfect Shot

Nikole Herriott's blog, Forty-Sixth at Grace has some of the web's best food photos, styled with kitchen tools she sells online. Here, her pretty halibut in parchment.

Halibut and Summer Vegetables en Papillote

© Antonis Achilleos

Art of the Canapé

Gustav Klimt and strudel are two icons in chef Kurt Gutenbrunner and food writer Jane Sigal's Neue Cuisine. Out next month, the book celebrates Austrian art and recipes like this deconstructed snack.

Salami-Egg Canapés


Food Imaging
MRI technologist Andy Ellison began scanning produce in the lab as a way to warm up the machines. The ethereal, ghostly images were so beautiful he began posting them on his blog, Inside Insides.

Cheese in Focus
The Cheese School of San Francisco instructor Wil Edwards wants people "to see cheese with fresh eyes." His close-up photos of rinds have been mistaken for microbial slides and abstract paintings.

Sandwich Scans
"I try to capture the view of a sandwich right before you take a bite," says graphic designer Jon Chonko. He shares his scans of more than 100 bisected sandwiches on and in a book, due out in November.


From Cow to Canvas
"I get hypnotized by marbling and fat," says painter Sergio Lobato. His Abbatoir series includes images of beef carcasses as well as cuts, like Steak #7. "I wanted to preserve that second you look at a steak and say, 'Wow, that's a beautiful cut of meat.' "

Pop Art Popsicles
Like an Anglophile version of pastry-loving painter Wayne Thiebaud, Joël Penkman creates lovingly nostalgic still-lifes of retro English sweets like cream biscuits and trifle. His Fab ice lollies depict 1960s-era ice pops combining vanilla ice cream and strawberry fruit ice with a chocolate-and-sprinkles-dipped top.

Mixed Media

Embroidered Plates
Using photos of distant relatives as a starting point, Seattle artist Diem Chau embroiders simple figures and portraits on old porcelain plates, cups and saucers that she buys at thrift shops.

Cookie Catchphrases
British artist Anna Garforth uses slogans and unusual materials—such as grass, masking tape, moss, trash or homemade cookies—to create typographic art and posters.

Humble Beginnings
Artist Subodh Gupta turns traditional everyday Indian objects, like tiffin tins (lunch boxes) and milk pails, into massive sculptures.

Food Artists: Wine Bottles Worth Collecting

Crystal-Clear Style

Architect Vases British architect Nigel Coates designed Tête à Tête "Lei" and "Lui" ("she" and "he") vases for Fornasetti. From $1,050;

Sculpted Glass Sculptor Tom Sachs worked with Steuben to create a Champagne coupe cheekily named "Baby's First Cocktail." $125;

Plates That Pop

Graphic Books

New food books give words and visuals equal emphasis. Penguin UK's Great Food series reissues classic works from writers like Samuel Pepys and Pellegrino Artusi, adding beautiful new covers inspired by vintage ceramics. Sara Fanelli's The Onion's Great Escape is a kids' book that folds out into a 3-D, Technicolor onion, and Menu Design In America (left) looks at nearly 800 era-defining menus from 1850 to 1985.

Food Artists: Art By the Crate

An innovative project aims to do for artists what CSAs do for farmers—sell their products to so-called shareholders.

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