Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Greek food and conceptual art

Dishes are such an important part of eating out in Greece they break them. Eating at Parea the new Greek small plates cafe at 19th and Val we were reminded of participating in a mail art show in 1984 called Forever Paradise . Our entry was to take Daniel Spoerri's Mythology & Meatballs: A Greek Island Diary-Cookbook and place a Hello Kitty "eye patch" on Spoerri's face on the title page. Now I consider that book so rare and so wonderful that I'm sorry I defaced it, if only temporarily. Spoerri is a Fluxus artist who used plates on his canvases (see above) even before Julian Schnabel. I highly recommend Spoerri's book, both as a cookbook and work of art.

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