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Warholesque Art at Humphry Slocombe

Warholesque Art at Humphry Slocombe

While touring San Francisco’s Mission District, I spotted this funny Warholesque painting at the new Humphry Slocombe ice cream shop. (I ordered a scoop of their intensely caffinated Blue Bottle Vietnamese Iced Coffee, and skipped the foie gras flavor…)

Andy Warhol was far from the only modern artist known to feature food in his work — California painter Wayne Thiebaud is lauded for his still lifes of pies and cakes. Photographer Liz Wolfe has an equally artistic recipe for food bliss: colorful, candy-coated set ups.

The summer of 2009’s most infamous food-art installation is in England where street artist Banksy has taken over the Bristol Museum. Banksy’s show features pink-frosted donuts, tubes of bologna, demented cooks, excrement filled ice cream cones, and a giant vanilla soft serve melting on the top of an ice cream van.

What Banksy’s cooked up may not whet everyone’s appetite. It does prove, however, that just about anyone can be a modern artist. Why not try your own hand at food art in the home kitchen?

Better yet, get out of the house and join in the fun at a Jell-O mold competition or French fry sculpting contest! (Don’t miss the video!)

UPDATE: Thanks to Rebecca for showing me this additional item on SFGate — Freeman Makes Artistic Desserts at SFMoma.

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