Skip to comments.Immitation Food, Art AND Leadership in Washington DC
Posted on 02/17/2013 11:05:29 AM PST by NOBO2012
The photo embargo of Lady M and the Wee Wons enjoying themselves in the exclusive enclave of Aspen has been implemented with magnum force (can I say that?).
So instead, how about I share a little more about our romantic Valentines dinner at Minibar, the very exclusive D.C. restaurant, just before we left on our our separate butt equal mini-vacays?
This is the whole restaurant: looks more like a movie set than a restaurant doesnt it?
Let me begin by explaining that many consider chef/owner José Andrés experimental culinary exploits to be high art. These same
suckers sophisticates consider Basquait to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
Basquiats untitled Oreja-Pecho sold for $10 million at a Sothebys auction last week
José Andrés Bite sized corn on the cob (with fresh corn shoot) sold for $225 at Minibar last week
What makes Basquiats art worth that kind of money? See if you can figure this out on your own:
You will find this hard to believe, butt Jean-Michel Basquiat received no formal art training! That places his style in the Primitivist school of Neo-expressionism. His rise to art world stardom was rapid and extreme. Championed by the likes of Andy Warhol and David Bowie, he went from being an obscure street graffiti artist, living on benches in Washington Square Park, to a prominent painter with studio space in SoHo and gallery representation in the U.S. and abroad in just a few short years. He also dated Madonna (who didnt?) for a short time.
Art connoisseurs explain his primitive style to us peons:
Basquiat focused on "suggestive dichotomies," such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.
Basquiat's art utilized a synergy of appropriation, poetry, drawing and painting, which married text and image, abstraction and figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique. (snip)
Allow me to translate: he created childish stick figures and inserted words and phrases that art critics declared to be symbolically bold statements about race and society. Like this one, titled Ribs Ribs Ribs
Ribs is crayon on paper: how primitive is that?
(snip)As far as I can tell Basquaits greatest claim to fame (aside from being a black man with an exotic name and parentage), was dying of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 in 1988. A tragic death suitable for the tortured artist motif ensured his art is nearly priceless to this day.
Butt back to the Wons Valentines dinner; Minibar is a restaurant where art pretending to be food is prepared by cooks pretending to be artists for patrons pretending to be connoisseurs. Thats how things roll in the world of modern art.
José works on his sardine art with tomato seeds, diced tomato and Spanish anchovies
Not at all unlike the world of politics; where politicians pretending to serve the public pass laws prepared by special interest groups, passed on to bureaucrats to turn into unfathomable regulations to serve up to the public. And when youre done, youre presented with a huge bill and youre still hungry.
Back in 2009 I pointed out that Washington was selected as home base for an extended run of the Emperors New Clothes. As such, it was a natural habitat for a restaurant presenting art masquerading as food.
Pretend food is huge these days. Molecular gastronomy, an avant-garde culinary movement best known for its gels, emulsions and wild chemical experiments with food, was invented by Ferran Adria at El Bulli (now closed) as a combined art and science project. While he made dining decidedly interesting its still debatable as to whether or not it technically qualified as a meal. Butt at $650 a head (drinks extra) it was definitely a meal ticket.
As Ferran himself described his concept of food: "Nothing is what it seems. The idea is to provoke, surprise and delight the diner." Sort of a HOPE n CHANGE approach to food consumption. It seems the perfect model of dining in Washington, no? Where nothing is what it seems, LOFO voters are constantly surprised and delighted and the rest of us are provoked.
Basquiats Five Fish Species
Minibars 12 flavors: deconstructed white wine
beauty is in the eye of the beholder: some will see the following as the haute cuisine olive oil bon bons the pretend to be, others will see mini urine bombs.
Relax its just food porn.
Politics is like that too: in the eye of the beholder I mean. While some see the Won in all his glory, others see him as a naked imperial emperor. I attempted to explain this phenomenon when I first introduced myself, back in 2009, some people refuse to let go of reality and go with the flow:
Dont they know that we have a new Emperor and Empress? Cant they see their new clothes? Dont they get it that at the end of the day, allusion and artifice is all we have to offer?(snip)
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have
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They demand, and use the full force of State Power to have complete privacy. Then they spend their time in fantastically public places - like a ski hill.
There’ll be plenty of pictures. Just that court photographers will be snapping the pictures.
You beat me to it ... I was going to post something similar, with all the trimmings :-)
But remember everybody - Mitt Romney’s the uber-rich snob who can’t relate to ordinary folks.
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