10 Works of Art to Avoid If You're Hungry

Ed Ruscha, Pepto - Caviar Hollywood, 1970. Color Screenprint On Copperplate Deluxe Paper; Torn And Deckle Edges, Sheet: 378 x 1080 mm (14 7/8 x 42 1/2 in.); Image: 256 x 955 mm (10 1/16 x 37 5/8 in.). Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund.

Ed Ruscha, Pepto-Caviar Hollywood,1970. Color screenprint, 15 x 42 1/2 in. Published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund, 2000.131.37.1 © Ed Ruscha

Did you know that some of the prints in Ed Ruscha and the Great American West were made with edible materials? Pepto - Caviar Hollywood in particular was made with - you guessed it - Pepto Bismol and caviar, perhaps a reference to the excesses and obsessions of the Hollywood film industry.
 
What other works of art pique our interest in food? If you’re looking to tame the grumble in your belly, look to these works for inspiration on your next snack:

1. Start with something healthy:

William Joseph McCloskey, Oranges in Tissue Paper, ca. 1980. Oil On Canvas,10 x 17 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd.

William Joseph McCloskey, Oranges in Tissue Paper, ca. 1980. Oil On Canvas,10 x 17 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd.

2. Really healthy:

Jan Mortel, Still Life, 1714. Oil On Wood Panel, 22 1/2 x 17 3/8. Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection.

Jan Mortel, Still Life, 1714. Oil On Wood Panel, 22 1/2 x 17 3/8. Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection.

3. See what the avocado toast trend is all about. (Actually, it might be best to avoid Wayne Thiebaud all together if you’re really getting the munchies...):

Wayne Thiebaud, Lunch, 1967. Etching With Watercolor Additions By The Artist, Image: 5 1/16 x 6 13/16 in. Museum purchase, Hamilton-Wells Fund.

Wayne Thiebaud, Lunch, 1967. Etching With Watercolor Additions By The Artist, Image: 5 1/16 x 6 13/16 in. Museum purchase, Hamilton-Wells Fund.

4. Or go for a classic sandwich and soda:

Roy Lichtenstein, Sandwich and Soda, from the X + X (Ten Works by Ten Painters) portfolio, 1964. Color Screenprint On Clear Plastic, Image: 19 1/16 x 23 1/16 in.; Sheet: 20 x 24 in. Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund.

Roy Lichtenstein, Sandwich and Soda, from the X + X (Ten Works by Ten Painters) portfolio, 1964. Color Screenprint On Clear Plastic, Image: 19 1/16 x 23 1/16 in.; Sheet: 20 x 24 in. Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund.

5. Who doesn’t love having grape juice and sandwiches...by the sea?:

David Ligare, Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches (Xenia), 1994. Oil On Canvas, 20 x 24 in. Gift of Barbara and William G. Hyland.

David Ligare, Still Life with Grape Juice and Sandwiches (Xenia), 1994. Oil On Canvas, 20 x 24 in. Gift of Barbara and William G. Hyland.

6. The possibilities with sandwiches are endless:

David Gilhooly, My Daily Bread, 1983. Color Monoprint, 61 x 108.6 cm. Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, gift of the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation.

David Gilhooly, My Daily Bread, 1983. Color Monoprint, 61 x 108.6 cm. Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, gift of the Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson Charitable Foundation.

7. Okay, maybe just a bite will do:

Edward Ruscha, Exploding Cheese from the Various Cheeses series, 1976. Lithograph On Arches 88 Paper, (14 7/8 x 20 1/2 in. Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund.

Edward Ruscha, Exploding Cheese from the Various Cheeses series, 1976. Lithograph On Arches 88 Paper, (14 7/8 x 20 1/2 in. Museum purchase, Mrs. Paul L. Wattis Fund.

8. Though you can never go wrong with pizza:

Elizabeth Sher, Pizza, 1966. Color Etching, 18.6 x 22.7 cm (image). Gift of the Artist.

Elizabeth Sher, Pizza, 1966. Color Etching, 18.6 x 22.7 cm (image). Gift of the Artist.

9. Don’t forget dessert:

Masami Teraoka, 31 Flavors invading Japan, 1977. Color Woodcut, 10 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Gift of Edward Den Lau.

Masami Teraoka, 31 Flavors invading Japan, 1977. Color Woodcut, 10 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. Gift of Edward Den Lau.

10. And don’t be afraid to ask for a “table for one”:

Anonymous, Man holding platter with Boar's head, apple and Holly. 30.8 x 21.4 cm (image); 35.2 x 27 cm (sheet). Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

Anonymous, Man holding platter with Boar's head, apple and Holly. 30.8 x 21.4 cm (image); 35.2 x 27 cm (sheet). Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts.

Bon appétit!

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