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Paul Thek at the Hammer Museum and the History of Meat Art

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©The Estate of George Paul Thek; courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins.

This week's art feature comes from Erica Zora Wrightson, who writes about the history of meat art, timed to the Paul Thek exhibit at the Hammer Museum.

One example:

For the performance art fair Performa in 2009, Jennifer Rubell presented Creation, an installation inspired by the first chapters of Genesis that included one ton of barbecued ribs lubricated by a dripping honey trap mounted on the ceiling above. In order for spectators to fully experience her artwork, Rubell required them to physically engage, to dig into mountains of wet slabs of ribs with sticky tongs and eat with their bare hands.

"Of all the food I've used in my work, meat is by far the most pornographic, and often elicits the most intense response," Rubell says in an email.

See the full story here: "Paul Thek at the Hammer Museum and the History of Meat Art"


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