From still-life bowls of fruit and pastel paintings of cake – to sensually photographed peppers and iconic Campbell soup cans, food is one of our favorite things to portray and observe through the visual arts. It also plays a role in some of the earliest known artworks – where the animals painted on cave walls may have represented sources of food for early humans.

This week, we look at the evolution of how the culinary and art worlds have become tightly intertwined. Stories focus on food sculpture, bread as art, the iconic works of Wayne Thiebaud, and how instagram has changed the way we share and consume food.

You can find the entire series of Modernist Breadcrumbs here.

And you can hear more from Michael Harlan Turkell's The Food Seen here.


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