Feast For The Eyes

The Story of Food in Photography

Feast for the Eyes explores the rich history of food as one of photography’s most prevalent and enduring subjects. In an age where sharing images of food has emerged as a unique facet of contemporary culture, this exhibition offers a look at the timeless ways in which things we eat shape us and our perceptions of the world.

Featuring works by some of the most important artists of the past century, the presentation includes Nobuyoshi Araki, Guy Bourdin, Nan Goldin, Vik Muniz, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andy Warhol, Weegee, and 50 more. The exhibition foregrounds their images within a history of artistic, commercial, fashion, and science photography, providing an unexpected and remarkable survey of food’s central role in our lives.

The exhibition is organised across three key themes. “Still Life” examines how food is prepared for visual consumption, a long-standing art genre that continues to evolve over time. “Around the Table” investigates the social dynamics of eating, calling attention the rituals of cultural identity that unfold around the sharing and providing of food. The final section, “Playing with Food”, observes the role of food in performance and play, infusing food photography with humour and irony.

Participating Artists Include: Nobuyoshi Araki, Sian Bonnell, Jo Ann Callis, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier Bresson, Lans Christensen, Hannah Collins, Sharon Core, Grant Cornet, Robert Cumming, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Doisneau, Harold (Doc) Edgerton, Roe Ethridge, Marion Faller and Hollis Frampton, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Roger Fenton, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Nan Goldin, Daniel Gordon, Ronny Jaques, Charles Jones, Hiroyo Kaneko, Rinko Kawauchi, Victor Keppler, Carl Kleiner, Luis Lemus, Laura Letinsky, Russell Lee, Ouka Leele, Joseph Maida, Chris Maggio, William H. Martin, Man Ray, Peter Menzel, Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis, Nickolas Muray, Vik Muniz, Helmet Newton, Holger Niehaus, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, JR, Martha Rosler, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Sandy Skoglund, Paul Strand, Tony Stellato, Anne Testut, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lorenzo Vitturi, Tim Walker, Andy Warhol, Donald Weber, Weegee, Edward Weston, T.R. Williams, Romulo Yanes.

Purchase the Feast for the Eyes book by Susan Bright here.

Feast for the Eyes is organised by Aperture Foundation and curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff.

Generously supported by The Babalos Family, and Paula Palyga and David Demers, through their membership in The Polygon’s Exhibition Circle.

Image: Sharon Core, Early American—Still Life with Oranges, 2008, C‐print, courtesy the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

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Jo Ann Callis, Black Table Cloth, 1979. Courtesy the artist and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Jo Ann Callis, Black Table Cloth, 1979. Courtesy the artist and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Photographer Unknown, New Recipes for Good Eating, 1949 Crisco, Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati
Photographer Unknown, New Recipes for Good Eating, 1949 Crisco, Proctor and Gamble, Cincinnati
Joseph Maida, #jelly #Jello #fruity #fruto #thingsarequeer, October 26, 2014. Courtesy the artist
Joseph Maida, #jelly #Jello #fruity #fruto #thingsarequeer, October 26, 2014. Courtesy the artist
Ed Ruscha, Spam, 1961. © Ed Ruscha, Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery
Ed Ruscha, Spam, 1961. © Ed Ruscha, Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery
Grant Cornett, Sexy Sliders, for Gather Journal, 2016. Courtesy the artist
Grant Cornett, Sexy Sliders, for Gather Journal, 2016. Courtesy the artist
Jo Ann Callis, Untitled, from the series Forbidden Pleasures, 1994. Courtesy the artist and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Jo Ann Callis, Untitled, from the series Forbidden Pleasures, 1994. Courtesy the artist and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Sandy Skogland, Peas on a Plate, 1978. © Sandy Skogland, Courtesy RYAN LEE Gallery, New York
Sandy Skogland, Peas on a Plate, 1978. © Sandy Skogland, Courtesy RYAN LEE Gallery, New York
Daniel Gordon, Pineapple and Shadow, 2011. Courtesy the artist and James Fuentes Gallery, New York
Daniel Gordon, Pineapple and Shadow, 2011. Courtesy the artist and James Fuentes Gallery, New York
Carl Kleiner, Hembakat är Bäst, 2010. Courtesy Carl Kleiner and Evelina Kleiner
Carl Kleiner, Hembakat är Bäst, 2010. Courtesy Carl Kleiner and Evelina Kleiner
Nobuyoshi Araki, The Banquet, 1993. © Nobuyoshi Araki, Courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery, Toyko
Nobuyoshi Araki, The Banquet, 1993. © Nobuyoshi Araki, Courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery, Toyko
Photographer Unknown, Weight Watchers recipe cards, 1974. Courtesy Aperture Foundation, New York
Photographer Unknown, Weight Watchers recipe cards, 1974. Courtesy Aperture Foundation, New York

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