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10 Apr 1998 to 28 Jun 1998


Ian Abdula, Billy Apple, Joseph Beuys, Miskha Borowski, Janet Fish, Adam Geczy, Matthys Gerber, Piero Gilardi, Don Gundinga, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barry Humphries, Julia Jacquette, Kieran Kinney, Penelope Lee, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Lister, Robert Macpherson, Ryoicghi Majima, Sarah Minney, Antoni Miralda, Katie Moore, Matthew Ngui, John Olsen, Dennis Oppenheim, Natalie Paton, Peter Peryer, Celia Roach, Daniel Spoerri, Mladen Stilinovic, Rirkrit Tiravanija, William Wegman, Gunter Weseler, Caroline Williams, Jimmy Wululu


Ben Curnow

about the exhibition

Eat! explored the many connections between contemporary art and food, spanning four decades and a wide variety of media, the exhibition included works by 39 artists and 11 filmmakers, from 15 countries.

Works explored the significance of food in our daily lives and imaginations. What we eat and how we eat it reflects contemporary life, just as ‘national’ eating habits or tastes come to represent particular cultures. The personal and social resonances of food are complex and subtle, providing a rich source of inspiration for contemporary artists. In art, food is elevated beyond its biological necessity to straddle both physical and symbolic dimensions, evoking other appetites for pleasure.

The exhibition was augmented by an exciting program of art talks in the galleries with some of Australia’s leading chefs, food writers and critics, including holistic practitioner Dr Marion Gluck, former Vogue Food Director Joan Campbell, SBS presenter Maeve O’Meara, and chefs Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, Gay Bilson, Stefano Manfredi and Anthea Leonard.

Additional support was provided by the State of Western Australia through ArtsWA, the Australia-Japan Foundation, Tokyo and the Japan Cultural Centre, Sydney.

The Moving Image Program was financially assisted by the NSW Film Archive.