From food-inspired-art, to art tracing the jazz age. From the works of George Caleb Bingham to the sublime lithographs of James Whistler, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s 2014 exhibition schedule looks to cast a hugely ambitious and wide net, touching on a dizzying array of disciplines, inspirations, and, naturally, some extraordinary American artists.
 
Of all the upcoming major shows for 2014 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in the Fort Worth Cultural District, none may have the broadest appeal than, chronologically, the first one out of the gate. Art and Appetite: American Art, Culture, and Cuisine (opening February 22) is billed as “mouthwatering” and who can doubt that as one considers a menu of not less than 60 works exploring the delectable intersection of food and the art world.
 
On the whole, the show aims to explore the various interpretations of the traditions of dining in America. The approach will range from the delicate and orderly depiction of cakes and cookies and fruit, to painterly visions of glutinous, Bacchanalian feasts where consumption has been shown at its most basic, even animalistic. Early still lifes of food speak volumes about how American artists expressed certain definite cultural and social values. Food as a painterly subject matter allowed the artists of the day to make sly social commentary on everything from class to gender, race to politics and commerce. The major American artists on display for this sure-to-please exhibition will include Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and, of course, Norman Rockwell.
 
The details:  Art and Appetite: American Art, Culture, and Cuisine (February 22 – May 18.) Other 2014 shows at the Carter will include, in chronological order of opening: James McNeill Whistler: Lithographs (January 25-April 27); Underground: Photographs by Kathy Sherman Suder (March 15-August 17); Enriching the Collection: Gifts from Joan and John Richardson (April 19-August 24); Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (June 14-September 7); Meet Me at the Trinity: Photographs by Terry Evans (September 6-March 15, 2015); Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River (October 2-January 18, 2015). 
 
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-989-5065; www.cartermuseum.org
 
Art and Appetite
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) 
Salad, Sandwiches and Dessert, 1960 
Oil on canvas
Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Lent by the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NAA–Thomas C. Woods Memorial