Artwork by Shimon Attie, Mildred Howard, Wayne Thiebaud, David Ireland, Vik Muniz, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Laurie Simmons. Contributions by Sarah Tanguy, Enrique Chagoya. Text by Peggy Loar.
Cupcakes, chocolate bars, truffles, candied fruit, apple pies, ice cream sundaes... America has a passion for edible sweets, a fact that has informed not only food manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration, health care professionals, and restaurateurs, but also many generations of artists. In Sweet Tooth, 40 artists, including Ed Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, Vik Muniz, Laurie Simmons, Shimon Attie, Enrique Chagoya, Jana Sterbak and Andy Warhol, explore the visual landscape of the dessert, while at the same time confronting such complex issues as body image, feminism, gender issues and illness. One hundred works in a variety of media, ranging from the 1970s through the present, offer variations on the still life, meditations on the perishable, thoughts on sweet symbolism, and an always welcome sugar fix.