Actually, it appears I may have picked the wrong week to be in New York. Had I been there this week I could have schlepped along to Vanderbilt Hall, in Grand Central Station to see a “mini gallery” set up by Costello cheese displaying “famous still-life paintings alongside replicas made entirely out of cheese. Works by Flemish artist Clara Peeters, as well as American still-life artists Raphaelle Peale and John F. Francis will be recreated, among other noted masters of the genre.” Or so I read - I'm quoting from Gothamist. Clara Peeter’s Still Life With Cheeses, Artichokes and Cherries, c 1625, looks like this:
Are they really going to make artichokes and cherries out of cheese, I wonder? Certainly they might have more trouble recreating Picasso’s Still Life With Cheese, 1944.
In any case, at some point in the proceedings, late in the day presumably, punters will be able to eat these works of art. Cool.
I also read that “food artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton will be hand-carving some new works out of Selection Hirten cheese, a hard cheese akin to Parmesan. “Previously they created Manhattan for a Castello pop-up store, which looked like this:
As a man who has constructed, and then deconstructed, Stonehenge out of butter, I feel suddenly, improbably, part of an artistic community.