“FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists’ Cookbook” Exhibition


poster for “FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists’ Cookbook” Exhibition
[Image: FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists' Cookbook, published in 1991 by EIDIA (idea) Books in New York. ]

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RYAN LEE presents FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists’ Cookbook, an exhibition featuring a selection of 32 works from the roster of over 160 participating artists in the cookbook and video series that spanned from 1986 to 1991. The art duo EIDIA - Paul Lamarre and Melissa Wolf, artists from New York City who work collaboratively under the name EIDIA (“Everything I Do Is Art.”) - collected art and recipes and recorded artists’ cooking during the “heyday” of New York’s East Village. EIDIA also traveled to Europe videotaping and collecting recipes in Paris, Cologne, London, Amsterdam, Verona and Milan.

As EIDIA begins the preface of FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists’ Cookbook:

Food art is art that doesn’t seem to be art. It is art through non-art means. In this context we would like to place “The Starving Artists’ Cookbook” in a historical avant-garde dialectic, a continuum going back eighty years to the beginning of this century and the origins of a conscious avant-garde. The inchoation of this avant-garde stemmed from artists’ realization of an art not bound to traditional definitions or strictures, an art that could encompass all aspects of life. These artists wished to be freed from the estheticism of the objet d’art by advancing the ideas behind their art through direct interaction/participation of the art audience. This then became an art that challenged the status quo by alchemizing everyday objects and events into an “art” and at the same time “non-art” status.

Paul & Melissa EIDIA
Ides of March, 1991

Artists featured in FOOD SEX ART the Starving Artists’ Cookbook at RYAN LEE include Peter Beard, Howard Ben Tré, Louise Bourgeois, John Cage, Papo Colo, Deborah Davis, Stephanie Denyer, Andrea Evans, Janet Fish, Luis Frangella, Gilbert and George, Golba, Barbara Hertel and Don Voisine, Sophie Herxheimer, Andrei Khlobystin, Kumar and Melamid, Shigeko Kubota, Taylor Mead, Jonas Mekas, Brad Melamed, Nicholas Micros, Marilyn Minter, Lori Montana, Judy Negron, Dennis Oppenheim, David Sandlin, Carolee Schneemann, Ira Shneider, Betty Tompkins, William Wegman, Hannah Wilke and Bob Witz.



from July 11, 2018 to August 10, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-07-11 from 18:00 to 20:00

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