Artist’s palate

Po­lenta, spinach, eggs and ba­con

Wallpaper - - December - For Baldessari’s recipe, visit Wall­pa­per.com

John Baldessari’s po­lenta, spinach, ba­con and eggs

John Baldessari has long in­cor­po­rated el­e­ments of con­sump­tion into his work. Some­times this has man­i­fested it­self in a fig­u­ra­tive sense, such as his early 1967 piece A Two-di­men­sional Sur­face With­out Any

Ar­tic­u­la­tion Is A Dead Ex­pe­ri­ence, in which he al­lowed his words to be painted by sign-pain­ters. Some­times the artist has ap­proached the idea in a lit­eral way – per­haps best ex­em­pli­fied by his Cre­ma­tion Project, in which he burnt all his paint­ings from 1953 to 1966 and baked the ashes into cook­ies, which were dis­played with a recipe. This provoca­tive dis­play of metare­al­is­tic gas­tron­omy has been toned down in Baldessari’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Wall­pa­per* din­ing digest. His recipe is a homey amal­gam of fa­mil­iar tastes and tex­tures, prov­ing once again that, even at 85, Baldessari still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

‘Crock­ery’ jug, £75, by Max Lamb, for 1882, from SCP. Sil­ver plate, £105, by Zanetto, from Har­lequin Lon­don. Spoon, £65 for six-piece cut­lery set, from Na­tive & Co. ‘Lu­cio’ fab­ric in Steel, £48 per m, by An­thol­ogy, for Har­lequin

For stock­ists, see page 184 PHOTOGRAPHY: JOHN SHORT IN­TE­RI­ORS: MARIA SOBRINO FOOD: PETA O’BRIEN WRITER: DAVEN WU

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