Taste: Food and Feasting in Art

Taste: Food and Feasting in Art
Billy Apple®
2 minutes 33 seconds 1962
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
gift of the artist with assistance from Alan Gibbs and Jenny Gibbs, 1991

Exhibition Details

Stimulate your taste buds in this sumptuous visual feast offering a variety of artistic flavours and textures.

Art reveals the central place of food in all cultures. Different peoples develop their own relationships with food, from the careful preparation of traditional dishes to the communal consumption of celebratory feasts. Brueghel's A Village Fair and Lindauer's Time of Kai depict communities observing these time-honoured traditions. Renowned photographers Marti Friedlander, Gil Hanly and Glenn Jowitt document Polynesian food practices. Jae Hoon Lee looks at the global migration of food culture, composing his own Kiwi feast from random Korean meals recreated in plastic.

Historically, food in art was often laden with symbolic meaning. Pop artists radicalised the depiction of food with works like Warhol's Campbell's Soup Can and Ruscha's Exploding Cheese.

Modern living has brought new approaches to food. Brian Brake's photos of Picasso and friends speak to cafe culture, while Robin White's Fish and chips, Maketu is an iconic emblem of New Zealand cuisine.

Sustainability concerns contemporary artists like Ani O'Neill, who uses recycled wool for her crocheted octopus stuffed with empty plastic water bottles. Ruth Watson's newly commissioned butter mountain takes a post-recession look at New Zealand's relationship to the global food trade.

Come to Auckland Art gallery this summer and revel in the luscious beauty of food and the tactile, sensual qualities of art.

Taste is a mouth-watering experience not to be missed.

Date
Curated by
Ngahiraka Mason
Location
New Gallery
Cost
$5 - $7

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2 minutes 33 seconds
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Medium
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1997
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Medium
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Credit line
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Credit line
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Medium
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Credit line
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Medium
woodcut - nishiki-e (full colour) technique
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Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
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Medium
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Credit line
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Medium
pencil
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Credit line
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circa 1885-1910
Medium
gelatin silver print, paper
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of an anonymous donor, prior to 1978
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Production date
circa 1885-1910
Medium
gelatin silver prints, paper
Size (h x w)
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Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of an anonymous donor, prior to 1978
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Medium
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Credit line
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Production date
1984
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
280 x 396 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1986
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Production date
1998
Medium
woven pandanus, commercial dye, traditional dye
Size (h x w)
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Credit line
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Robin White Itoiningaina Catholic Women's Training Centre

Production date
1998
Medium
woven pandanus, commercial dye, traditional dye
Size (h x w)
320 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
Accession no
2000/12/3
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Jae Hoon Lee

Production date
2007
Medium
plastic (replica food), plastic table, fabric table cloth
Size (h x w)
885 x 1390 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2008
Accession no
C2008/1/2/1.1-36
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Ray Hand, Labourer, Yeast and Vinegar Plant
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Glenn Busch

Production date
1982
Medium
black and white photograph
Size (h x w)
229 x 227 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1983
Accession no
1983/63/33
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Bushells Dairy
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Dylan Horrocks

Production date
1990
Medium
ink on paper
Size (h x w)
420 x 295 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2002
Accession no
2002/22
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Red Label (final state)
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Robin White Itoiningaina Catholic Women's Training Centre

Production date
1998
Medium
woven pandanus, commercial dye, traditional dye
Size (h x w)
320 x 410 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
Accession no
2000/12/12
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Anne Noble

Production date
2000
Medium
inkjet pigment on vinyl
Size (h x w)
1200 x 1800 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2003
Accession no
2003/41/1
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Povi 2001
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Michel Tuffery

Production date
2000
Medium
aluminium, plywood, tin, rivets, wheels, lights and polyurethane
Size (h x w)
1500 x 2000 x 800 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, commissioned 2000
Accession no
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Slaves Preparing Food
Slaves Preparing Food

Augustus Earle

Production date
1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
369 x 550 x 17 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 1998
Accession no
1998/32/1/3
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Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, drinking Kava
Poulaho, King of the Friendly Islands, drinking Kava

John Webber William Sharp

Production date
1784
Medium
engraving on paper
Size (h x w)
269 x 413 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2007
Accession no
2007/29/5
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A Village fair (Village festival in honour of Saint Hubert and Saint Anthony)
A Village fair (Village festival in honour of Saint Hubert and Saint Anthony)

Pieter Brueghel the Younger

On display

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on panel
Size (h x w)
1118 x 1651 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1961
Accession no
M1961/1
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Koha
Koha

Robert Jahnke

Production date
1998
Medium
steel pins and chocolate fish
Size (h x w)
840 x 2500 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2001
Accession no
2001/39
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The Global In The Local
The Global In The Local

Daniel Malone

Production date
2005
Medium
gourd, plastic Lemon & Paeroa bottle
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2006
Accession no
C2006/1/1.1-2
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The Poor Kids Picnic
The Poor Kids Picnic

Pat Hanly

Production date
1991
Medium
oil on board with applied gold foil
Size (h x w)
513 x 552 x 30 mm
Credit line
Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2007
Accession no
C2007/1/44/2
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Women Resting in the Votive Picture Hall at Asakura
Women Resting in the Votive Picture Hall at Asakura

Chobunsai Eishi

Production date
1792-1793
Medium
woodcut - nishiki-e (full colour) technique
Size (h x w)
373 x 247 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
M26
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The Time of Kai
The Time of Kai

Gottfried Lindauer

Production date
1907
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
1795 x 2000 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915
Accession no
1915/2/48
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La Coupe et le Compotier (The Fruit Bowl and the Dish)
La Coupe et le Compotier (The Fruit Bowl and the Dish)

Pierre Bonnard

Production date
circa 1925
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
257 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Lesley Ryan in honour of her niece, Andrea H Bertenshaw, 2008
Accession no
2008/19/2
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Le Gibier
Le Gibier

René-Louis Chrétien

Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
500 x 613 x 17 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/30
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Still life with fruit and shellfish
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J Bourjinon

On display

Production date
1657
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
433 x 1371 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of an anonymous donor, 1954
Accession no
U/50
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Kitchen Scene
Kitchen Scene

Unknown artist David Teniers the Younger

Production date
17th century?
Medium
etching
Size (h x w)
155 x 201 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1956
Accession no
1956/9
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Implements & Domestic Economy
Implements & Domestic Economy

George French Angas

Production date
circa 1847
Medium
hand coloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
543 x 365 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2009
Accession no
2009/16/25/1
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I. A Feast at Mata-Ta, on the East Coast. Mt Edgecumbe in the Distance. II. Throwing the Spear, the Mode of Salutation.  A Party of Visitors Arriving.
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George French Angas J W Giles

Production date
1847
Medium
hand coloured lithograph
Size (h x w)
543 x 365 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2009
Accession no
2009/16/16/1
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Siniua Sosene, Fakaofo, Tokelau 1971
Siniua Sosene, Fakaofo, Tokelau 1971

Marti Friedlander

Production date
2000
Medium
gelatin silver prints, toned with gold
Size (h x w)
785 x 635 x 35 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Marti Friedlander, with assistance from the Elise Mourant Bequest, 2001
Accession no
2000/28/107
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Fresh Eke (Eke Nui and Babies)
Fresh Eke (Eke Nui and Babies)

Ani O'Neill

Production date
2003-2004
Medium
crocheted wool
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2009
Accession no
2009/11.1-46
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Striped Fish and Coral
Striped Fish and Coral

Teuane Tibbo

Production date
1965
Medium
oil on board
Size (h x w)
603 x 902 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/8
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Pot of Honey
Pot of Honey

Emily Karaka

Production date
2000
Medium
acrylic on canvas
Size (h x w)
2400 x 1500 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
Accession no
2000/8
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Miracle of Loaves and Fishes
Miracle of Loaves and Fishes

John Bratby

Production date
1963
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
3660 x 1830 x 50 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Artist, 1984
Accession no
1984/12/7