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Event Wed Sep 08 2010

Fork Over $18K for Some Boston Cream Pie?

West Town auction house Wright puts 309 lots up for bidding next Tuesday, September 14 at its Post War + Contemporary Art sale, including a number of food-inspired works that may be of interest to folks with some extra cash.

One of the sale's big ticket items is a linoleum cut print by Wayne Thiebaud, an artist who has made a distinguished career of painting pastries. Nevermind that this Boston cream pie (that is actually cake) lacks the traditional chocolate frosting; Thiebaud's Boston Cremes (1970) has an estimate of $18,000-$25,000.


Not a sweets person? Then, perhaps consider bidding on Robert Gober's color photo lithograph of a circular advertising free fresh pigs. The fun is in the fine print. Untitled (1993-1994) will go for an estimated $6,000-$8,000.


Have a more modest budget? Maybe Rirkrit Tiravanija's pair of stainless steel lunchboxes is for you. Estimated at $500-$700, Untitled (1996) includes a menu and newspaper but no comestibles.


Preview the Post War + Contemporary Art sale lots now until September 13, 10 am-5 pm and Sunday by appointment at Wright, 1440 W. Hubbard St., 312-563-0020.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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