Artist’s palate

Wallpaper - - December - For de­tails of Grosse’s up­com­ing solo show at the Chi K11 Art Mu­seum, Shang­hai, turn to page 084. For Grosse’s recipe, visit Wall­pa­per.com

Katha­rina Grosse’s squid ink pasta

One beau­ti­ful evening in Venice, Ger­man artist Katha­rina Grosse came across a small restau­rant called Alla Ve­dova (at the wi­dow’s). Think­ing im­me­di­ately of Emilio Ve­dova, the late Vene­tian pain­ter who had seen ab­strac­tion as a gate­way to po­lit­i­cal free­dom, Grosse imag­ined be­ing in­vited to his ta­ble. ‘We had a lot of Vene­tian spe­cial­i­ties that night, but noth­ing was like the dark pur­ple­black inky, vel­vety lin­guine.’ The af­ter­math bore a de­light­ful re­sem­blance to Ve­dova’s work – en­er­getic, ex­pres­sive brush­strokes on largely mono­chrome can­vases. The lin­guine ‘left traces every­where on the plate, the pa­per table­cloth, my tongue and my teeth,’ re­calls Grosse. ‘Eat­ing squid ink pasta is as if bit­ing into the sea at night.’

For stockists, see page 184

‘Aarne’ cocktail glass, £29, by Göran Hon­gell, for Iit­tala, from Skandium. ‘Tour­ron’ din­ner plate, £25, by Jars; ‘Broad­way’ fork, £10, by A for Amara, both from Amara pho­tog­ra­phy: philippe Frag­nière in­te­ri­ors: olly ma­son en­ter­tain­ing di­rec­tor: melina keays writer: tf chan

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