This summer is about celebrating the return of small pleasures. For one, indoor dining, which also doubles as the title of this delectable group show. A small replica of Katz’s Delicatessen—home of mouth-watering pastrami sandwiches and other comfort foods—here, is carefully painted by Nicholas Buffon. It graces the upstairs gallery beside the altar to late-night fridge-foraging in Ryan Flore’s ceramic on wood Midnight Meal (2021), which faces off Walter Robinson’s bright and fragrant canvas, Rachel’s Salad (2021) an homage to these simple pleasures.
That’s not to say that the joy of indoor dining precludes the pleasures of outdoor dining. It's a beauty (2019) is aptly titled for the blackened sirloin in Gina Beaver’s floor-to-ceiling painting, which pairs with Nikki Maloof’s more intimately scaled Grill Study (2020), depicting slices of flat fish placed orthogonal against the lines of the grill, while Chloe Wise’s miniature painting of a cocktail shrimp floats against the outdoor backdrop of a sunset. The tone of the exhibition is light-hearted: “I need a hero—sandwich” reads one of the art-world's cheeky critics, Cary Leibowitz. The artist also puns on the iconic spiral of the Guggenheim Museum with the spiral of a ceramic cupcake—another small joy that can be eaten indoors or out.
Cary Leibowitz, I need a Hero Sandwich, 2017. Latex paint on wood panel, 36 x 16 inches.