Juicy: Conceptual burgers at Laundromat in Brooklyn.

Two Spanish Masterpieces, coming right up. (Photos by C-M.)

If Velázquez were a burger, what would he be? According to Brooklyn artist Joe Protheroe, he’d be a mound of minced beef and lamb, seasoned with cumin, olive oil, garlic and cilantro, and he’d be topped with chopped tomatoes, shaved shallots and a “fierce” Valdeón blue cheese. Protheroe’s burger, The Spanish Masterpiece (which also paid tribute to Goya, Dalí and Picasso), was one of various conceptual art burgers served up this past weekend at the Laundromat Gallery in Brooklyn, where local artists showed off their mad grillin’ skillz at The Burger Group Show.

There were burgers inspired by  Robert Smithson, Robert Motherwell, Rachel Harrison and Jeff Koons (The Cheesy Koons). There was even a Bernini Burger:

a beef patty, fleshy and rounded, surmounted by flowing draperies of prosciutto, a cloud of goat cheese, and a splash of the finest extra virgin olive oil. St. Teresa herself never felt such an ecstasy as this burger will provide.

Unfortunately, it was not for sale. I did however, sink my teeth into both the Spanish Masterpiece and the Robert Smithson — both of which were delicious, though I have to give top honors to the Masterpiece for its finely rendered condiments. There were a couple of art burgers I was bummed not to see, however: the Claes Olden-burger (seriously) and the Andy Warhol Burger. The latter would have been less artisanal and more multi-media. You show up with a sack of fast food burgers and you film people eating them. Even so, the Burger Group Show was an all around tasty good time — to the point that I hope this becomes an annual event.

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The Spanish Masterpiece, by Joe Protheroe. Arty awesomeness on a bun.

Sadly, the Robert Smithson, by Jonathan Allmaier was less Spiral Jetty and more Paul McCarthy meets Andres Serrano. It was, nonetheless, very good.

The completed Smithson burger, complete with pickle displacements.

The Motherwell: Another Elegy, by Chris Deo. In honor of Robert Motherwell, two thick slabs of bread are brushed with olive oil and spices and stacked with a beefsteak tomato, a grilled portobella mushroom stuffed with garlic and a chunk of cheddar.

The studio, where all works were crafted.

The Burger Boat, by Ianthe Jackson: a seasoned burger in a portside/starboard side pita with condiment ropes, lettuce sails and tomato seats. Ready to travel.

The view from the grill station.

The critics were out in force.

The Rachel Harrison, by Sarah McDougald Kohn, paid tribute to the assemblage artist with a burger made of buffalo and pork and served on a brioche bun with bacon, stacked pickle slices, cheddar cheese cubes, olives and plastic soldier. Looks better than anything Harrison coulda come up with.

The Dude’s Green Chile Cheese Super Burrito Burger, by Ben Godward, featured a burger loaf cooked inside a beer can, stuffed with a mix of green chiles and cheese and drizzled with a spicy home-made aioli, all of which was stuffed into a flour tortilla. Each of these weighed about three pounds.

The Cheesy Koons, by Maria Walker. The wall text reported that 100% pure American cheese was used in this”rabbit-monkey burger in tribute to the great, cheesy American artist, Jeff Koons.” A fluffy bun, complete with cottontail, makes for a “a lite and fun! eating experience.” (Image courtesy of Laundromat.)

And yes, there was art on the walls, too. Here is Amy Lincoln’s acrylic on panel painting, Living Spaces (2009).


  1. eugenio

    From my 5 years of living in NY I learned an absolute truth: blue cheese on a burger is a most.

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